Fritz Coleman at Job Fair.

Fritz Coleman at Job Fair.

More than 500 military veterans were expected to participate Thursday in the Valley Economic Alliance’s annual Hero Hired Veteran Job and Resource Fair at Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen.

Local weathercaster Fritz Coleman of KNBC-TV, the master of ceremonies, began a little after 9 a.m. by recounting how he visited Florida recently and met with his former Navy shipmates who served with him on the now-decommissioned U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. He said he always valued his military service.

The job fair gave veteran job seekers access to more than 60 employers and resource companies. Employers took resumes, interviewed candidates and could even hire at the event. The fair was later opened to the general public.

Also at the event, artist David Schwartz unveiled his latest painting made from a decommissioned American flag. It is divided into four panels, each representing a branch of the military.

Besides the economic alliance’s Chief Executive Kenn Phillips and Chairman Randy Witt, other dignitaries included State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian and Calabasas Councilman David Shapiro, who is mayor pro-tem.

Among the employers at the fair were Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

Sponsors included Wells Fargo, Maximus, Republic Services and Los Angeles Valley College.