Meet the businesses and organizations going above and beyond to provide the funds, resources and training veterans need for a smoother transition into the civilian workforce.
About 200,000 service members transition from the military each year. However, according to the Pew Research Center, only 1 in 4 veterans say they had a civilian job lined up when they left the military. Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, launched the first online guided version of MISSION TRANSITION, a series of courses aimed at providing U.S. service men and women with the knowledge and resources to help them successfully transition into the civilian workforce.
MISSION TRANSITION’s three self-paced online courses can be completed in less than an hour and are filled with content, templates, scenarios and language specific to experience from a military career. Courses include Optimize Your Resume, Build Your Personal Brand and What to Expect While Interviewing. This program is available at no cost to the public and can be found on The Home Depot’s career website.
“Supporting the military community is a priority for our company,” said Tim Hourigan, executive vice president of Human Resources. “We’re proud to launch MISSION TRANSITION online and provide transitioning service members with a convenient tool to help them confidently take the next step in their careers.”
JPMorgan Chase has made a philanthropic commitment of $750,000 to the National Veteran Small Business Coalition Education Foundation (NVSBC-EF), focused on veteran entrepreneurship in federal contracting. The gift fuels NVSBC-EF’s expanding mentorship, counseling, training and networking programs in key government contracting hubs across America from San Diego, California, to Norfolk, Virginia.
“This critical funding comes at a time when we are getting tremendous community response to our entrepreneurship programs,” says Scott Jensen, NVSBC-EF’s executive director. “We view the partnership with JPMorgan Chase as a cornerstone commitment, and we will build on it to deliver tremendous results for America’s veterans.” NVSBC-EF’s programs touch individual veteran entrepreneurs trying to grow their Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) companies in towns from coast to coast.
The JPMorgan Chase-supported pilot, entitled “Veterans Mean Business in Government Contracting,” will enable NVSBC-EF to hire additional staff and reach underserved communities across America. The pilot is predicated on best practices in federal contracting, particularly that procurement-ready veterans have enhanced access to opportunities to start, operate, sustain and grow competitive and strong government contracting businesses.
Through its “For the Love of Labor” program—a bi-annual initiative that supports nonprofit organizations as they educate, train and place workers into meaningful skilled trades—Carhartt has donated all the funds generated on Labor Day from Carhartt.com and Reworked.Carhartt.com and dedicated its Fall 2023 grant to support veteran-led nonprofit Team Rubicon and its forthcoming TRades Academy program.
Expected to continue developing over the next five years, Team Rubicon’s TRades Academy seeks to train military veterans transitioning to civilian life—as well as other workers—in disaster-standard licensed contracting skills like carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning so they can help rebuild homes in the communities that need it most.
“As the skilled labor shortage persists and much of the country is increasingly impacted by natural disasters, the task of rebuilding requires hard work and ‘heart’ work,” said Todd Corley, senior vice president of inclusion, sustainability and community at Carhartt. “By investing in necessary job training for those who have served their country and have a passion for serving others, we’re helping to bridge the skilled trades gap, empower military veterans transitioning to civilian life and invest in stronger individuals, families and communities—both now and for years to come.” View more Veteran-Friendly Companies supporting our nation’s veterans.