Joining Forces Blog
- Posted byon November 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM EST
Earlier this week, veterans bonded over free meals at restaurants and relaxed with their families in free hotel rooms, courtesy of Veterans Day offers from businesses ranging from local shops to global chains. Such deals are great ways for businesses to recognize veterans¹ service. However, establishments rarely offer military deals online because they had no simple way of validating military service online until now.
TroopID recently launched innovative technology that authenticates military service and military family membership online. Founded by two former Army Rangers, TroopID allows individuals to verify their eligibility at TroopID.com, and once verified, they can access deals and discounts online from various national companies. As a result, business should be more likely to offer military specials online without concern for misuse by ineligible users. In fact, TroopID planned several launches with merchants to mark Veterans Day.
- Posted byon November 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM EST
While much focus has been devoted to education and training for our younger Veterans, we have not lost sight that we have another group who has served our Nation with distinction. Many of this group may already have some education and training, they need additional assistance to prepare them for a changing career market.
In November 2011, the President signed into law the Vow to Hire Heroes Act. This Act does many things to prepare Veterans for careers after military service, including one provision that specifically targets older veterans. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, better known as VRAP, is designed to give up to 12 months of benefits for unemployed Veterans to jump-start into a new, high-demand career field. This provision specifically applies to unemployed Veterans who are between 35 and 60, and not eligible for any other education benefit. The law limits the benefit to 99,000 Veterans. Since May, 2012, over 75,000 Veterans have applied and over 62,000 have already been approved to participate in the program.
VRAP doesn’t end with the provision of education; it goes one step further by assisting Veterans find a career. When a Veteran completes the education or training program, they are then eligible to leverage the Department of Labor programs designed for Veterans.
- Posted byon November 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM EST
I am Captain Todd Veazie, and I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of Joining Forces.
As an active duty Naval Special Warfare officer with 26 years of service, I am proud to follow a long line of citizen soldiers dating back to the birth of our Republic. It is a special privilege for me to join First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden in their important work to give back to those who have given so much.
For 93 years Americans have come together on November 11th to honor the valor and sacrifice of those who have served in our Armed Forces. Originally, the day was set aside to celebrate the veterans of the First World War. Later, it was broadened to include every man and woman who has worn the uniform of the United States. And today, we continue that tradition by honoring the service and sacrifice of our troops, our veterans and their families. They are the treasure of our nation and the greatest of every generation.
- Posted byon November 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM EST
This Veterans Day, we hope you'll take a moment to join First Lady Michelle Obama and thank an American hero. Sending that message is easy. You can send a note on JoiningForces.gov by clicking on the "Share Your Message" tab. Or go to Facebook to create a card using Shutterfly's Thank The Troops app. Either way, your card will be delivered to service members and veterans throughout the holiday season.
- Posted byon October 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM EST
Ed. note: This is cross-posted from Fast Lane
Today’s generation of heroes are risking their lives to make the U.S. safer and more respected around the world. President Obama has asked that we serve our veterans as well as they’ve served us, and at DOT, we are proud to answer the President’s call.
This morning, DOT held a Veterans Transportation Career Opportunities Forum with the Department of Labor, which focused on careers in the trucking, transit, and motorcoach sectors. Participants discussed the importance of working with truck and bus companies to recruit qualified and safety-conscious service men and women for the critical jobs that need to be filled.
This forum represents a monumental initiative and partnership to link our veterans with careers in the transportation industry.
At DOT we think that removing barriers that stand in the way of our veterans’ success and connecting them with job opportunities that they deserve is the least we can do to thank them for their service. So this meeting gave motor carriers and other stakeholders a chance to tell us how DOT can assist them in making the transition for veterans easier.
- Posted byon October 18, 2012 at 3:52 PM EST
It’s hard to believe that we will soon celebrate the one year anniversary of the President’s unveiling of the Veterans Jobs Bank, hosted at the NationalResourceDirectory.gov. In one short year, more than 5,000 employers posted more than 1 million Veteran friendly jobs. But statistics only tell part of the story.
The combined commitment of the private sector, teamed with the government to serve our returning Veterans, tells the rest.
I was honored to travel to New York City this week to participate in the announcement of a unique private sector coalition that aims to help 15,000 Veterans translate their military experience to advanced manufacturing opportunities. And 15,000 is just the beginning, with significant planned expansion over the next several years.
When I was first approached by General Electric, the leader of this “Get Skills to Work” coalition, about participating I thought to myself, “Let’s see, a training program that will make the U.S. more competitive and gives our transitioning Service members and Veterans the additional technical skills they need to succeed in this sector of the economy? That’s brilliant!”
The GE “Get Skills to Work” coalition entails three main components: an accelerated skills training program; translation of military experience to civilian manufacturing job opportunities through an online “badging system”; and partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families to create an employer toolkit for expanded hiring, developing, and mentoring of Veterans. Through a blend of business, digital, academic, and not-for-profit partners, “Get Skills to Work” aims to close the advanced manufacturing gap, bolster the talent pipeline, and enhance American competitiveness.
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