MOUNT PLEASANT - Less than two hours into the annual Welcome Home jobs fair event today on board the USS Yorktown official report they are on a record pace for interest.

At least 320 veterans, 146 family members and 14 children of veterans have registered, for a total of 480.

“This makes it the biggest ‘Welcome Home’ we have ever had,” said Tonya Lobbestael, spokesperson for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“We also know Ikon Financial Services hired two veterans on the spot and extended an offer to a third,” she said.

Political Editor

Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.