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Military Connection: Veteran Employment Report: By Debbie Gregory

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Back in 2011, a group of employers banded together and vowed to collectively hire 100,000 military Veterans by 2020. The coalition began with eleven companies, bent on hiring Veterans, and calling their initiative the 100,000 Jobs Mission. But the undertaking rapidly grew into a widespread national alliance, expanding to 170 employers. As of September 30, 2014, the coalition of employers that make up 100,000 Jobs Mission have combined to hire 190,046 Veterans, smashing its initial goal.

In 2014, the RAND Corporation published a Veteran employment report titled “Veteran Employment: Lessons from the 100,000 Jobs Mission.” The report was based on data collected from 26 member companies of the coalition, spanning a diverse range of industries.

The report was intended to provide 100,000 Jobs Mission members and government organizations with informative data on best-practice methods for recruiting and retaining Veteran employees, However, there is a wealth of additional information in the report that Veterans can use to help land civilian employment through the 100,000 Jobs Mission.

The report recommends that Veteran job seekers not waste their time and energy attending any and every job fair until they get hired. Instead, Veterans are encouraged to focus their energy on only attending job fairs that allow them to submit their resume to potential employers before the job fair. These job fairs are more like interview fairs, where the employer can notify candidates of their interest ahead of time, and make arrangements to interview them.

Veteran job seekers are also encouraged to research and seek out job-placement/temp agency companies that are Veteran friendly and positioned to help link Veterans to companies that are hiring.

The RAND Veteran employment report also suggests that one key aspect for Veteran job seekers in finding civilian employment is the ability to convey their skills and experience to their prospective employers. Some ways that Veterans can learn to better translate their skills and experience is by taking advantage of the technical training opportunities that are made available to them when they are preparing to separate from the military. There are also resources available once they have separated.

The report also repeatedly stresses that coalition companies and Veterans should link up with each other through programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Employment Center, state Veterans affairs offices, state and county employment offices, and local and national Veteran non-profit organizations.

MilitaryConnection.com would also like Veterans to know about the resources and information that can be found on our Jobs Page at: localhost/mc/jobsoverview

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard and Reserve, Veterans and their families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Veteran Employment Report: By Debbie Gregory

Military Connection: Yes! More than 100,000 Homes! By Debbie Gregory

100K HomesThere is great news in the fight to end homelessness. The 100,000 Homes Campaign has met and exceeded their four year goal.

In a nutshell, the 100,000 Homes Campaign is a national call to “stop managing homelessness and start ending it.” The campaign, powered by the non-profit organization Community Solutions, functions through a network of 238 separate communities working together to find homes for homeless Veterans and civilian Americans. In 2010, the organization, led by former Army Captain Becky Kanis, vowed to find housing for 100,000 people by July, 2014.

As of July 25, 2014, the 100,000 Homes Campaign, through its network of participating communities, has assisted 101,975 individuals in finding homes. This number includes over 31,000 formerly homeless Veterans.

It is estimated that the success of the 100,000 Homes Campaign should save taxpayers $1.3 billion annually.

Several of the 238 participating communities have partnered with local VA branches and other non-profit Veteran organizations in order combat homelessness among Veterans. These groups allied and collaborated to identify previously unknown, chronically homeless Veterans on the streets who were in need of permanent housing. This coalition is helping the push to eliminate Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Key players in this fight have acknowledged the 100,000 Homes Campaign’s contribution to their effort.

Even with the realization of their initial goal the 100,000 Homes Campaign will not stop to bask in their success. The organization has vowed to continue its efforts. In January 2015, Community Solutions is expected to launch Zero: 2016, a national effort to build on the success of the campaign by helping communities get to zero on chronic Veteran homelessness.

Congratulations to Community Solutions and its successful 100,000 Homes Campaign. The staff at Military Connection looks forward to the launch of Zero: 2016, and are eager to report on that campaign’s success as well.

Military Connection proudly serves those who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Guard &amp,amp, Reserve, Veterans and their Families. We are the go to site for Veteran Employment and information on Veteran education. Militaryconnection.com provides Veterans with and Directory of Employers, a Job Board, information on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and a blog that offers Veterans boundless information. Be sure to visit Militaryconnection.com, the go to site.

Military Connection: Yes! More than 100,000 Homes!  By Debbie Gregory