• Army to Test Customized Transition Program at Six Posts

    Army to Test Customized Transition Program at Six Posts0

    Starting next month, the Army will begin testing a new customized transition program for separating personnel at six installations that will provide additional resources for service members that are more likely to have difficulty finding employment. The two-year pilot program will gather input on best practices for the Army’s Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program, a mandatory program for all service members leaving active duty that covers resume writing, military skills translation, financial planning and other topics. The six test sites — Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and Army Garrison Bavaria, Germany — will divide soldiers into control and test groups …

  • Early Focus on Entrepreneurship Would Pay Dividends When Veterans Transition0

    Many veterans possess the critical personality characteristics, leadership traits and technical skills required to be successful entrepreneurs, but they leave the military unprepared to pursue the challenges associated with starting a new business. To better prepare service members to become entrepreneurs, DOD should provide them the necessary stepping stones needed to successfully transition to business ownership starting at the beginning of their service, according to a commentary in Stars and Stripes. One step is teaching service members the importance of financial flexibility, not only increasing savings but also minimizing monthly payments for a car or home, write J. Michael Haynie, Syracuse University’s vice chancellor of Veteran and Military Affairs, and Douglas McCormick, a former active-duty Army officer and co-founder of HCI Equity …

  • Unemployment Rate for Youngest Veterans Reached Seven-Year Low in 20150

    The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans reached an all-time low in 2015, as the economy improved and the federal government and private sector continued their focus on the issue. The 5.8 percent annual unemployment rate in 2015 for the latest generation of veterans marked a significant improvement over the 7.4 percent rate recorded the previous year and was only modestly higher than the 5.2 percent rate for non-veterans. Unemployment for post-9/11 veterans reached its high point at 12.0 percent in 2011 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Louisville Initiative Adopts Comprehensive Approach to Assist Transitioning Veterans0

    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 …