BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge mayor's office sponsored a job fair Thursday and veterans got priority with special hours just for them.
The job fair was held at the Baton Rouge River Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Only veterans were allowed in the Spring Career Fair for the first two hours before it was opened to the public.
"We owe it to the veterans especially when we are approaching Memorial Day," said Mayor President-Kip Holden. "Some of them have not made it to this point, but while they are living and while they are here and while they are coming back to say 'I'm proud I've defended America', we should defend them and step in and help them wherever we can."
Job seekers brought resumes and were prepared for interviews.
In all, the goal was to bring out more than 100 employers and 1,500 job seekers for the event.
The job fair was hosted by the Mayor's Office of EmployBR and Holden gave his final address for the event a little after 9 a.m.