• Successful Transition Requires Community Support, Veterans Group CEO Says0

    Citing research showing that one-third of newly separated service members opt to remain in the last community where they served, Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership, told the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee last month that transitioning personnel need strong community support to be successful. “With the collective leadership of communities throughout the nation, I know that we can have a strong and vital national veteran network that not only strengthens its communities, but can also improve our military for tomorrow …

  • Army Embraces Credentialing to Provide Soldiers a Boost during Transition0

    Participation in the Army credentialing program has continued to grow over the past several years, helping soldiers leverage their training and experience for licenses and certifications that will ease their transition into civilian careers. In an effort to boost the employment options for separating personnel, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command has begun linking credentialing opportunities to every military occupational specialty in the service, reported Army Times. In 2014, about 20,000 soldiers earned credentials in 65 specialties …

  • Corporate America Continues to Raise Veteran Hiring Goals

    Corporate America Continues to Raise Veteran Hiring Goals0

    After fulfilling their initial pledges to hire military veterans, a number of corporate initiatives have raised their hiring commitments. After meeting its target of hiring 100,000 veterans, Walmart increased its goal to 250,000; the 100,000 Jobs Mission changed its name to the Veteran Jobs Mission and pledged to reach 1 million new hires; and after surpassing the goal of its Hire 500,000 Heroes initiative, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has promised to hire at least 200,000 more veterans or spouses. The new targets, however, may fall victim to the campaigns’ initial success, reports the Los Angeles Times. “They won’t be able to hire a million veterans anytime soon,” said Jeffrey Wenger, a public policy expert at the Rand Corp. …

  • Employers Have Embraced Veterans’ Leadership Skills, DOD Official Says

    Employers Have Embraced Veterans’ Leadership Skills, DOD Official Says0

    The unemployment rate for veterans fell to an eight-year low in October, an achievement a senior DOD official attributed to an improving economy, the rising number of corporate campaigns to hire veterans and a greater appreciation among employers for the professional attributes ingrained in service members. The veteran unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent in October, while nonveteran unemployment was 5.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even more impressive were the employment gains by veterans who served after 9/11 — their unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, essentially the same as the rate for nonveterans. The philosophy behind hiring veterans has evolved from the “right thing to do” to “the smart thing to do,” said Susan Kelly, director of the Pentagon’s Transition to Veterans Program Office …

  • Entrepreneurship Initiative Brings Veteran-Owned Businesses to Fort Walton Beach

    Entrepreneurship Initiative Brings Veteran-Owned Businesses to Fort Walton Beach0

    A small city on the Florida Panhandle is attracting veteran entrepreneurs through an economic development initiative offering $25,000 grants to veteran-owned businesses willing to set up operations in Fort Walton Beach. The city offered grants to seven companies this year, along with an invitation to an entrepreneurial bootcamp, access to collaborative workspace in Fort Walton Beach for one year and exposure to potential investors, reported Stars and Stripes. Mayor Mike Anderson persuaded the city council to set aside $500,000 for the program with the aim of encouraging service members stationed at nearby Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field to stay in the area after they leave the military. “We have so many military who are retiring and separating here and going off because they don’t think there’s opportunity …

  • Employers Flock to San Antonio Job Fair to Recruit Veterans, Military Spouses0

    At the Texas Workforce Commission’s Hiring Red, White and You job fair in San Antonio last week, veterans, transitioning military personnel and their spouses found themselves in high demand by local and national employers. The fair was part of a statewide, day-after-Veterans-Day hiring event at 27 locations. In San Antonio, the fair drew 125 companies and hundreds of candidates. “It’s huge,” Gail Hathaway, executive director of Workforce Solutions Alamo, told the San Antonio Express-News. “[Companies] see the value in the venue and the number of individuals that they get to meet with or talk with …