Louisville Initiative Adopts Comprehensive Approach to Assist Transitioning Veterans

A regional initiative spearheaded by a consortium of businesses, veterans advocacy groups, local governments and chambers of commerce in Greater Louisville is aiming to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs by 2017.

The Where Opportunity Knox campaign is intended to market job opportunities and deliver schools, housing and other quality-of-life assets to transitioning soldiers and their families in north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana, reported Military Times.

The effort benefits from its close proximity to Fort Knox, where the Army’s Transition Assistance Program is headquartered, but its services are not limited to soldiers who were stationed at the post. The program is targeting veterans and families of all military services interested in working and living in the area, said Beth Avery, executive director of Where Opportunity Knox.

Where Opportunity Knox is not a job placement service; rather, it is focused on developing a pipeline of transitioning veterans who are looking for a place to live and work. The initiative relies on a network of regional veteran connectors to provide personalized assistance to veterans and families as they seek to re-enter the civilian world, according to the story.

Walter Herd, director of the Army’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program, applauded the program for bringing together a wide variety of services to help veterans land on their feet.

“They not only are actively marketing with jobs, but with the quality-of-life services that everyone wants,” Herd said. “I think that within five to 10 years, there will be 100 regions around the country offering similar services.”


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