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VETERANS NEWS BRIEFS RECRUITMILITARY AND PURPLE HEART SERVICES LAUNCH VETERAN HIRING INITIATIVE
help combat wounded and disabled veterans
Purple Heart Services has joined forces with the
partnership will result in new jobs for deserving
military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary, LLC,
veterans.” said Ken Smith, Chief Technology Officer
to promote and help deliver 72 Veteran Opportunity
for Purple Heart Services.
find employment after their service. We think RecruitMilitary is the leader in job placement to those leaving the active military and know that this
Expos throughout the United States in 2010. RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos are free of charge to
veterans who already have civilian work experience,
RecruitMilitary connects employers, franchisors, and
men and women who are transitioning from active
educational institutions with job seekers who have
duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard
military backgrounds. All of the company’s owners,
and reserves, military spouses, and other military
account executives, and search consultants are either
veterans or active or former reservists. Drew Myers founded the company in 1998. RecruitMilitary has
Purple Heart Services (PHS) will help RecruitMilitary
produced Opportunity Expos since 2006.
by reaching out to veteran-friendly employers, franchisors, and educational institutions that are
ABOUT PURPLE HEART SERVICES
eager to recruit veterans. PHS will also promote the
Purple Heart Services, a division of the Military Order
Expos to job seekers among its own membership
of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, incorporates:
and the veteran community at large, and will exhibit
Purple Heart Radio; its online school, Veterans
at Opportunity Expos. The PHS logo will appear in
Vocational Technical Institute, “Vet Tech”; Purple Heart
RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expo advertising and
Call Center; Purple Heart Tech Support; and additional
marketing documents, both print and electronic, and
online programs and services created to help disabled
on the RecruitMilitary website.
and combat wounded veterans with educational and employment opportunities nationwide.
“All of us at RecruitMilitary are delighted that Purple Heart Services has joined our Opportunity
Purple Heart Services provides pioneering programs
Expos team,” said Drew Myers, the president and
and services to meet the needs of the combat-
founder of RecruitMilitary and a former Captain in
wounded and their families and prides itself on
the United States Marine Corps. “The Purple Heart
adapting quickly to modern-day challenges faced
Services Program meets a great need in the veteran
by veterans. For more information on Purple Heart
community, and we are proud to be associated with
Services visit PurpleHeartServices.com
it.” The Military Order of the Purple Heart is a veteran “We are proud to partner with RecruitMilitary to 6
service agency founded in 1932 for the protection
VETERANS NEWS BRIEFS and mutual interest of all who have received the
“Many vets don’t keep their appointments and often
Purple Heart decoration. The decoration is awarded
don’t get their prescriptions renewed because it’s
to members of the armed forces of the United States
such a drag to get there,” said Tim Beebe, Northeast
who are wounded by an instrument of war in the
regional manager for VA’s vet centers. “With mobile
hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of
vet centers, we can reach areas we’ve never been to
kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die
of wounds received in action. Mobile vet centers are large motor coaches, just short OPPORTUNITY EXPO VENUES FOR 2010
enough to be operated without specialized licensing,
RecruitMilitary Opportunity Expos will take place
that can carry VA counselors and veteran outreach
in 36 venues in 2010: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore,
workers to postdeployment and other events and
Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati,
activities, expanding the availability of services to
Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis,
areas that cannot conveniently access existing vet
Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Long Beach,
Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia,
The cities that are hosting these mobile vet centers
Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, St. Louis, San
were chosen based on a stringent selection process
Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Tacoma, and Tampa.
designed to give access to care to as many
MOBILE VET CENTERS EXPANDING OUTREACH, AVAILABILITY OF SERVICES With 232 vet centers across the country, covering most major cities and metropolitan areas, VA provides access to counseling and benefits to thousands of veterans each day. But some veterans live beyond a reasonable drive to their nearest VA office and others are physically unable to make a trip, leaving these men and women with limited access to VA services— until now. In keeping with its goal of finding new and better ways to serve veterans, VA has added a fleet of 50 mobile vet centers to increase outreach and expand the availability of servicesto areas not currently being
veterans as possible. Areas with a large rural population were given priority, as were areas with many veterans living far away from medical centers and vet centers. Each vehicle is assigned a coverage area where it routinely operates, but if a vehicle is stationed in one area, and services are needed elsewhere, it can deploy and provide access to veterans as needed. This will also allow mobile vet centers to travel to county fairs, Veterans Day events, parades, or any place veterans may congregate. “It won’t be a 9-to-5 project,” said Beebe. “The people we hired understand they will be working some evenings and weekends, whatever it takes to get to the events.”
reached by vet centers.
VETERANS NEWS BRIEFS A diverse group of more than 247,000 VHA clinical and administrative employees deliver quality health care to veterans. Nearly half of VHA employees are over the age of 50. Recipients of the AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50 designation are selected based on their exemplary policies and practices in meeting the needs of an aging workforce. Key areas of consideration Each vehicle is assigned a routine coverage area, but can deploy to other locations as needed. Photo: Robert Turtil
include: recruiting practices; opportunities for training; education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options, such
The mobile vet centers will also help out units
as flexible scheduling, job sharing and phased
returning from overseas deployments. Many National
retirement; employee health and pension benefits;
Guard units have small armories and do not have
retiree benefits; and age diversity of the workforce.
easy access to large VA medical centers or vet centers. The mobile vet center will bring the care to them, assisting with VA’s outreach to Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. “National Guard leadership is aware of the various mobile vet centers, and the unit commanders are free to request a mobile vet center presence whenever it is convenient for them,” said Beebe.
VETERANS HEALTH ADMINISTRATION NAMED AARP TOP EMPLOYER FOR WORKERS OVER 50 The Veterans Health Administration has been named by the American Association of Retired Persons as one of the 2009 Best Employers for Workers Over 50. The annual recognition program honors companies and organizations for best practices and policies addressing issues affecting the aging labor force. 8
Joleen Clark, chief officer, VHA Workforce Management and Consulting, and Acting Under Secretary for Health Dr. Gerald Cross accept the AARP award. Photo: Robert Turtil
President, Microsoft North America Sales and Marketing, Mr. Robert Youngjohns, receives the 2009 Freedom Award at a September 17 ceremony in Washington, DC. Pictured left to right, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis M. McCarthy, Mr. Youngjohns, and Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn III. (Photo by Johnny Bivera)
MICROSOFT RECOGNIZED WITH FREEDOM AWARD Office of the Secretary of Defense Cites Continued Commitment to National Guard and Reserve in Bestowing the Highest Recognition Given to U.S. Employers. Joining 14 other companies from around the country,
at the Ronald Reagan Building and International
Microsoft Corp. was honored in Washington this
Trade Center in Washington.
past September by President Barack Obama and Secretary Robert Gates as a top supporter of the
“There is no better way for Microsoft to salute
National Guard and Reserve. Microsoft, and its
our troops than to help take care of those in our
diverse set of companies, chosen from among a
employee family who serve faithfully in the National
record 3,200 National Guard and Reserve member
Guard and Reserve,” said Teresa Carlson, vice
nominations of employers, received the 2009
president of U.S. Federal Government Division at
Employer Support Freedom Award from the Office
Microsoft. “We’ve found that our warrior-citizens hold
of the Secretary of Defense. Robert Youngjohns,
superior skills in leadership, teamwork, discipline
president of Microsoft North America, accepted the
and grace under pressure, all of which are essential
award for Microsoft during an award ceremony held
assets to strong organizations.”
Nominated by Tom Castellano, a technologist in
Military Veterans at Microsoft. These groups provide
Omaha, Neb., Microsoft was selected as a Freedom
support and community for Department of Defense
Award recipient for the broad support it provides
leaders and guests visiting Microsoft, coordinate
to guardsmen and reservists. Benefits include
care packages to Microsoft employees and others
providing National Guard and Reserve employees
assigned to active duty overseas, host tours of
with differential pay between their military pay and
the Microsoft campus for the National Guard and
Microsoft salary during deployments; continuing
Reserve troops on medical hold at Fort Lewis,
employee and enrolled family members’ medical
Wash., and assist soldiers at the Walter Reed Army
and life insurance benefits during deployments;
Medical Center in obtaining Microsoft certification.
creating a military reservist council responsible for
Microsoft has supported other corporations in starting
coordinating care packages to deployed employees
similar affinity groups.
overseas; providing a life-care guide to deploying service member employees and their families; and
To help facilitate job placement for returning
recognizing the military service of employees through
American service members, Microsoft is a founding
newsletters, official Microsoft publications and public
and charter member of the nonprofit group Hire
America’s Heroes, with a mission to improve access to private-sector jobs for men and women
The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 under
exiting military service. Microsoft provides annual
the auspices of the National Committee for Employer
sponsorship funding and board leadership, and hosts
Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize
events for the organization. VE
exceptional support from the employer community. The award is the highest recognition created and given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. It is the highest in a series of employer recognition awards given by the Department of Defense. Ongoing Commitment In addition to its recognition at the Freedom Award ceremony, Microsoft’s commitment to those serving their country runs deep. Not only does the company provide broad benefits for active-duty military personnel, but several programs are in place to ensure ongoing support: Microsoft has a rich community of Diversity Advisory Councils that are organized and run by employees, including Military Reservists at Microsoft and U.S. 11
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SETTING PRIORTITIES To expand health care to a record number of Veterans, reduce the number of homeless Veterans and process a dramatically increased number of new disability compensation claims, the White House has announced a proposed $125 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
ur budget proposal provides the
The $125 billion budget request, which has to be
resources necessary to continue
approved by Congress, includes $60.3 billion for
our aggressive pursuit of President
discretionary spending (mostly health care) and
Obama’s two over-arching goals for Veterans,”
$64.7 billion in mandatory funding (mostly for
said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
disability compensation and pensions).
“First, the requested budget will help transform VA into a 21st century organization. And second, it will
“VA’s 2011 budget request covers many areas
ensure that we approach Veterans’ care as a lifetime
but focuses on three central issues that are of
initiative, from the day they take their oaths until the
critical importance to our Veterans – easier access
day they are laid to rest.”
to benefits and services, faster disability claims
decisions, and ending the downward spiral that
Bill. VA also plans to start development next year of
results in Veterans’ homelessness,” Shinseki said.
electronic systems to process claims from other VAadministered educational programs.
Reducing Claims Backlog The president’s budget proposal includes an increase
The Post-9/11 GI Bill authorizes the most extensive
of $460 million and more than 4,000 additional claims
educational assistance opportunity since the passage
processors for Veterans benefits. This is a 27 percent
of the original GI Bill in 1944. Over $1.7 billion in
funding increase over the 2010 level.
regular Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit payments have been issued since the implementation of the program on
The 1,014,000 claims received in 2009 were a 75
Aug. 1, 2009. In 2011, VA expects the number of all
percent increase over the 579,000 received in 2000.
education claims to grow by 32 percent over 2009,
Shinseki said the Department expects a 30 percent
going from 1.7 million to 2.25 million.
increase in claims – to 1,319,000 – in 2011 from 2009 levels.
“To meet this increasing workload and process education claims in a timely manner, VA has
One reason for the increase is VA’s expansion of
established a comprehensive strategy to develop
the number of Agent Orange-related illnesses that
industry-standard technologies to modernize the
automatically qualify for disability benefits. Veterans
delivery of these important educational benefits,”
exposed to the Agent Orange herbicides during the
Vietnam War are likely to file additional claims that will have a substantial impact upon the processing
system for benefits, the secretary said.
The budget proposal includes $4.2 billion in 2011 to reduce and help prevent homelessness among
“We project significantly increased claims inventories
Veterans. That breaks down into $3.4 billion for
in the near term while we make fundamental
core medical services and $799 million for specific
improvements to the way we process disability
homeless programs and expanded medical care,
compensation claims,” Shinseki said.
which includes $294 million for expanded homeless initiatives. This increased investment for expanded
Long-term reduction of the inventory will come from
homeless services is consistent with the VA
additional manpower, improved business practices,
secretary’s established goal of ultimately eliminating
plus an infusion of $145 million in the proposed
homelessness among Veterans.
budget for development of a paperless claims processing system, which plays a significant role in
On a typical night, about 131,000 Veterans
the transformation of VA.
are homeless. They represent every war and generation, from the “Greatest Generation” to the
Automating the GI Bill
latest generation of Veterans who served in Iraq and
The budget proposal includes $44 million to complete
Afghanistan. To date, VA operates the largest system
by December 2010 an automated system for
of homeless treatment and assistance programs in
processing applications for the new Post-9/11 GI
“VA’s 2011 budget request covers many areas but focuses on three central issues that are of critical importance to our Veterans – easier access to benefits and services, faster disability claims decisions, and ending the downward spiral that results in Veterans’ homelessness,” Shinseki said. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki Targeting Mental Health, Preventing Suicides
The secretary noted that one-fifth of the patients
“The 2011 budget proposal continues the
seen last year in VA’s health care facilities had a
department’s keen focus on improving the quality,
mental health diagnosis, and that the department
access and value of mental health care provided to
has added more than 6,000 new mental health
Veterans,” Shinseki said.
professionals since 2005, bringing to 19,000 the number of employees dedicated to mental health
The spending request seeks $5.2 billion for mental
health, an increase of $410 million (or 8.5 percent) over current spending, enabling expansion of
The budget request will enable the department to
inpatient, residential and outpatient mental health
continue expanding its programs for post-traumatic
services, with emphasis on making mental health
stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury
services part of primary care and specialty care.
(TBI), along with the diagnosis and treatment of
depression, substance abuse and other mental health
Shinseki said the expansion of health care programs
problems. Shinseki called PSTD treatment “central to
for women Veterans will lead to higher quality care,
increased coordination of care, enhanced privacy and dignity, and a greater sense of security among
The proposed spending will continue VA’s suicide
prevention program. Since July 2007, the department’s suicide prevention hotline has received
Among the initiatives for women in the 2011 budget
nearly 225,000 calls from Veterans, active-duty
proposal are expanded health care services in Vet
personnel and family members. The hotline is
Centers, increased training for health care providers
credited with saving the lives of nearly 7,000 people.
to advance their knowledge and understanding of women’s health issues, and implementing a peer call
Reaching Rural Veterans
center and social networking site for women combat
For 2011, VA is seeking $250 million to strengthen
Veterans. This call center will be open 24 hours a
access to health care for 3.2 million Veterans enrolled
day, 7 days a week.
in VA’s medical system who live in rural areas. Rural outreach includes expanded use of home-based
Delivering World-Class Health Care
primary care and mental health.
During 2011, VA expects to treat 6.1 million patients, who will account for more than 800,000
A key portion of rural outreach – which shows
hospitalizations and 83 million outpatient visits.
promise for use with Veterans across the country – is VA’s innovative “telehealth” program. It links patients
The total includes 439,000 Veterans who served
and health care providers by telephones and includes
in Iraq and Afghanistan, for whom $2.6 billion is
telephone-based data transmission, enabling daily
included in the budget proposal. That’s an increase
monitoring of patients with chronic problems.
of $597 million – or 30 percent – from the current budget.
The budget provides an increase of $42 million for VA’s home telehealth program. The effort already
The proposed budget for health care includes:
cares for 35,000 patients and is the largest program
• $6.8 billion for long-term care, an increase of $859
of its kind in the world.
million (or 14 percent) over 2010. This amount includes $1.5 billion for non-institutional long-term
Serving Women Veterans
The 2011 budget provides $217.6 million to meet
• Expanding access to VA health care system for
the gender-specific health care needs of women
more than 99,000 Veterans who were previously
Veterans, an increase of $18.6 million (or 9.4 percent)
denied care because of their incomes;
over the 2010 level. Enhanced primary care for
• $590 million for medical and prosthetic research;
women Veterans remains one of the Department’s
top priorities. The number of women Veterans is
• Continuing development of a “virtual lifetime
growing rapidly and women are increasingly using VA
electronic record,” a digital health record that will
for their health care.
accompany Veterans throughout their lives.
“The 2011 budget proposal continues the department’s keen focus on improving the quality, access and value of mental health care provided to Veterans,”
Building for the Future $1.15 billion requested for major construction for 2011 includes funding for medical facilities in New Orleans; Denver; Palo Alto, Calif.; Alameda, Calif.; and Omaha, Neb. Also budgeted for 2011 are major expansions and improvements to the national cemeteries in Indiantown Gap, Pa.; Los Angeles; and Tahoma, Wash., and new burial access policies that will provide a burial option to an additional 500,000 Veterans and enhance service in urban areas. A requested budget of $468 million for minor
construction in 2011 would fund a wide variety of improvements at VA facilities. VE
VA is requesting $54.3 billion in advance appropriations for 2012 for health care, an increase of $2.8 billion over the 2011 enacted amount. Planned initiatives in 2012 include better leveraging acquisitions and contracting, enhancing the use of referral agreements, strengthening VA’s relationship with the Defense Department, and expanding the use of medical technology. Preserving National Shrines “VA remains steadfastly committed to providing access to a dignified and respectful burial for Veterans choosing to be buried in a VA national cemetery,” Shinseki said. “This promise requires that we maintain national cemeteries as shrines dedicated to the memory of those who served this nation in uniform.” The requested $251 million for cemetery operations and maintenance will support more than 114,000 interments in 2011, a 3.8 percent increase over 2010. In 2011, the department will maintain 8,441 acres with 3.1 million gravesites. The budget request includes $37 million to clean and realign an estimated 668,000 headstones and repair 100,000 sunken graves. 17
CHPCAREERS.COM VETERANS ENTERPRISE
CHANGING HELMETS The American veteran faces one of the toughest job markets in decades. Despite high-level training, their military experience often doesnâ€™t translate into highly skilled civilian jobs.The unemployment rate for veterans is three times higher than the national average. Even with the current economy, welding-oriented companies continue to search tirelessly for skilled welders who are reliable and committed. As a solution to both of these problems, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) launched its Veterans in Piping program.
eturning veteran Moses Zamora, 22, always wanted to become a welder. “I took welding in high school,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do welding or anything close to it. In fact, I joined the military because I thought it could lead into welding. But, they put me where they needed me.” Moses was 18 years old when he entered the Marines, and during his service he has been stationed in Guam, Singapore, Kuwait and Iraq. Near the end of his military duty, he entered the United Association’s Veterans in Piping (VIP), a 720-hour training course which assists members of the military in transitioning to civilian life and careers. The program includes 16 weeks of accelerated welding training. “The UA is especially happy that we could help fulfill Moses’ longtime career goal,” said Mike Arndt, Director of Training for the United Association. “Returning veterans need to rebuild their civilian lives. We look forward to helping more heroes like Moses to enter rewarding new careers.” Moses participated in the UA VIP Program at Camp Pendleton, CA, and then relocated to Houston, TX, where he joined UA Local Union (LU) 211. VIP participants usually start as second-year union apprentices, so Moses had a head start on his new career. Work performed by UA members includes installing and servicing piping systems, plumbing fixtures, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. “Moses puts his all into everything he does,” said Anne St. Eloi, Special Representative for the United Association, who organizes the UA VIP 20
Program. “He has a great attitude and I know he will go far in his new line of work.” “Returning veterans like Moses make excellent employees,” said Kenneth Edwards, Business Manager with LU 211. “Moses is a self-starter with ambition, and he is very appreciative of everything the UA has done for him.” “When I met Moses, he was very polite and respectful,” said Brian Edwards, Business Agent with LU 211. “He came to us as a second-year apprentice, which gave him priority, so we were able to put him to work right away. He’s now doing work for the Letsos Company Mechanical Contractors, one of our biggest contractors.” Brian Edwards noted that Moses has an ideal work ethic, thanks to his time with the Marine Corps. “Moses is a wonderful team player,” he said. “We are 100 percent behind everything that the UA VIP Program does.” “An All-Around Good Guy” Ricky Weaver, General Piping Superintendent with Letsos Company Mechanical Contractors, is the one who hired Moses and he is pleased with that decision. “Right now he’s on our special project crew,” Weaver said. “Moses picks up skills quickly and is an all-around good guy. I’d be very happy if all future apprentices had his talents and strong work ethic. When it comes to welding, that’s where he shines. He’s as good as some of the journeyman welders.” So far Moses has worked on welding projects for malls and colleges. “I’ve worked on a lot of pipes for AC systems – in Texas, the AC runs a lot!” Moses said.
Moses Zamora receiving his diploma at his recent graduation from the UA Veterans in Piping Program
Moses is married to Celeste, 24, and has three children – son Elijah, 6, and daughters Delilah, 4, and Mariah, 2. While he enjoys welding, he doesn’t plan on doing it the rest of his life. He plans on becoming a business manager at a local union. Also, he enjoyed his training at Camp Pendleton and thinks that someday, he might return to California and do training for the UA VIP Program. Moses enjoyed military life and now feels that he fits right in with union life. “In military life, you didn’t always talk to higher ranking personnel,” he said. “But in the union, that isn’t a problem. 21
Everyone is willing to help at every level, and people say, ‘If you need anything, just come and let me know.’” When it came time for Vanessa Redford, 30, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, to return to civilian life, she worried about what kind of career the future held for her. “For me, the military used to be the ultimate job,” she said. “In the civilian world, they might fire you or lay you off, and that doesn’t happen in the military. I would be losing that job security.”
Then she heard about the United Association Veterans in Piping program. “I was interested, so I went and took the tests,” she said. “It was a very rigorous test – regular military enlistment questions aren’t as hard. But it was all worth it. Not very many women go into welding, so I feel like a real trailblazer.” Vanessa passed the tests and went on to receive VIP Program training from the UA in Lacey, WA. Work performed by UA members includes installing and servicing piping systems, plumbing fixtures, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. “I like putting things together,” Vanessa said, “and working in construction is great. The best thing about being with the union is, they have a big network and help in finding work, so I don’t have to worry about my future.” “Here at the UA, we are pleased that Vanessa is enjoying her new life,” said Mike Arndt, Director of Training for the United Association. “Like all of our returning veterans, she is an American hero who deserves a rewarding career and a sense of security in her future.” “Vanessa is a true role model for today’s young women,” said Anne St. Eloi, Special Representative for the United Association, who organizes the UA VIP Program. “She went from the Marines to the construction industry, forging a pathway of success along the way.” 95 PERCENT PERFECT
After Vanessa graduated from the UA VIP 22
Lance Corporal Vanessa Redford says “Not very many women go into welding, so I feel like a real trailblazer.”
Program in Lacey, WA, she went on to work with the VIP Program in Camp Pendleton, CA, for a week. During her training, she perfected a number of welding techniques, receiving four welding certifications. “The work is X-rayed to check for flaws,” Vanessa said, “and it has to be 95 percent perfect to pass testing.” After training was completed, Vanessa relocated to Georgia. She now lives in Douglasville and has been working for B&W Mechanical in Norcross since July 1, 2009. She belongs to the
Local Union (LU) 72, the regional chapter of the UA. Vanessa liked that the union is similar in structure to the military. “The union has a job steward, a foreman, and other positions, just like military rank,” she said. “The system is set up so there is never any mix-up on who does what.” “When Vanessa came out to Atlanta, the first thing she did was enroll in our apprenticeship program,” said Cajun Seeger, Welding Director of LU 72. “Since then, she has been putting in a lot of overtime at our brand-new welding training center, the Mechanical Trades Institute Welding Technology Center in Lithia Springs, GA. The center is exclusively for welding training and certification and our plumbers, pipefitters and service technicians take classes there.” Seeger noted that every break Vanessa gets, she comes to the center to brush up. “She comes in after work to hone her welding skills,” he said. “The center is open five days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with full-time welding instructors. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the center is open until 8 p.m., and between those two nights, Vanessa can put in eight hours of extra training a week.”
Left to right: Vanessa Redford (graduate), UA President William Hite, Moses (graduate) and wife Celestina Zamora, Jake Otten (graduate) and wife Liz Otten pose for a photo after completing their training.
“Welding is a career line I would encourage women to pursue,” said George Head, Business Manager of LU 72. “It pays well and it’s steady work. Vanessa is working in a fabrication shop, where they prepare pre-fab pipe for job sites. It cuts down on the field cost, since the more that’s done before the work gets to the field, the better.”
WHY THE PROGRAM IS SO IMPORTANT
“Vanessa’s the first participant with the UA VIP Program we’ve worked with, and she’s certainly lived up to the billing,” said Abraham Mack, Labor Coordinator for B&W Mechanical. “She has a great willingness to learn and a positive attitude. She has a great future ahead of her.”
Today’s returning service members should be given the opportunity to become the welders of tomorrow. That is why William P. Hite, General President of the UA, started the UA VIP Program. To learn more about the program, visit the UA VIP website.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the average construction worker is 47 years old, and the construction field will need to attract 240,000 workers each year to replace those retiring or leaving the workforce. BLS statistics also reveal that 450,000 welders will be needed nationwide by 2014.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: Are There Any Eligibility Standards to Apply?
size and number of apprenticeship classes per year.
Eligibility varies based on the standards set by each
In some states, through â€œDirect Entryâ€?, some local
individual local union. In most cases, you must be at
unions may be able to take in a veteran at any time.
least 18 years of age, have an honorable discharge, have a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a drug test, conduct an interview and be physically fit to perform work. Is there an age limit for applying? No, there are no age restrictions for applicants.
What is an Apprenticeship? An apprenticeship is a mixture of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Similar to a typical college, you would spend around four years receiving instruction and then graduate to become
What is a Union? Are You a Union-only Program?
a Journeyman. Often times, you can get credit from
A union is an organization of workers joined together
your military experience to enter at an advanced
for a common purpose, for mutual aid and protection,
level. You also get paid for your work while on the
to engage in concerted activity and collective
bargaining, to elevate their conditions of life and labor; an organization by which ordinary people do extraordinary things. And yes, UA VIP is a Union-only program.
What is Direct Entry? The implementation of a statewide direct entry program gives former and active military personnel the opportunity to quickly start quality construction
What are the Benefits of Joining a Union?
careers soon after they apply for them. Once the
Once you become a member in a United Association
state proclamation is signed, it allows all JATCs and
local union and you work hard, you will be entitled
locals (at their discretion) to immediately accept
to a future with high pay, great medical insurance
these men and women into their apprenticeship
and one of the best pension plans in the nation.
programs and provide them with credit for their
The UA Training Programs are high quality, and
military training and experience. Direct entry
held in high tech training centers with programs that
language can also be implemented on an individual
are recognized by Regional Education Certifying
Councils and Boards. This educational certification qualifies the UA program to receive funding through the Montgomery G.I. Bill or various state, National Guard or Reserve educational funding programs. The G.I. Bill and some state programs normally pay qualified apprentices a monthly stipend in addition to their earned wages. Rates will vary depending on type of service and length of training and are published on their website.
How does the program work in relation to existing programs such as Helmets to Hardhats and Hire a Hero? The UA Veterans In Piping program was set up to compliment existing programs that place veterans into construction careers. We are active participants with any and all programs that give back to our veterans. Through the UA VIP program, we are simply expanding our ability to reach out to these
How Long Does it Take for me to Get a Job?
potential candidates. This dedicated website
The pace of the hiring process is determined by the
also allows us to further elaborate on the career
local union. Manpower needs generally dictate the
opportunities that are available within the UA. VE
HE REALLY DOES WANT YOU! WHITE HOUSE LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVE TO HIRE VETERANS Initiative Would Transform Federal Government into Model of Veterans Employment
The White House announced the launch of an initiative that is designed to transform the federal government into the model employer of Americaâ€™s veterans. 27
President Barack Obama signs an executive order on the employment of veterans in the federal government, in the Oval Office, Nov. 9. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) “Honoring our sacred trust with America’s veterans
President and the Director of the Office of Personnel
means doing all we can to help them find work
Management on the veterans’ employment initiative.
when they come home so they never feel as if the
The Council will be chaired by Secretary of Labor
American Dream they fought to defend is out of
Hilda Solis and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric
reach for them and their families,” said President
Shinseki. OPM Director John Berry will serve as
Obama. “But this initiative is about more than
the Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer of the
repaying our debt for their courageous service and
selfless sacrifice. It’s also about continuing to fill the ranks of federal employees with men and women
“Veterans have shown unmatched dedication to
who possess the skills, dedication, and sense of duty
public service,” said Secretary Shinseki. “They
that Americans deserve from their public servants.
offer leadership and technical skills that are in high
And few embody those qualities like our nation’s
demand, whether in the public or private workforce.
Not only does this initiative present an opportunity for Veterans to serve their Nation once again, the Nation
The Executive Order creates an interagency Council
will benefit from the education and training Veterans
on Veterans Employment that will advise the
received in the Armed Forces. I am looking forward
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“Honoring our sacred trust with America’s veterans means doing all we can to help them find work when they come home so they never feel as if the American Dream they fought to defend is out of reach for them and their families.” President Barack Obama, 11/9/09 to working with Secretary Solis and Director Berry
identify employment opportunities within those
to achieve the objectives of this initiative across the
federal agencies, providing feedback to veterans
about their employment application status, and helping veterans recently employed by these
“Veterans are an important part of our nation’s past,
agencies adjust to civilian life and a workplace
present and future. They deserve our full support
culture often different than military service.
as they reintegrate into the civilian workforce,” said Secretary Solis, “In signing this Executive Order,
In addition, the Office of Personnel Management
President Obama underscores his Administration’s
will issue a government-wide strategic plan that
commitment to our military men and women, and
will focus on creating leadership commitment
keeps us squarely on the path to achieving the goal
and an infrastructure in each agency to promote
of good jobs for everyone.”
continued skills development and employment success for veterans. The strategic plan will also
“President Obama strongly believes in honoring the
include marketing strategies aimed at agency hiring
service of our veterans and he sees this initiative as
managers as well as veterans and transitioning
an opportunity to put some real muscle behind that
promise,” said Director Berry. “The strong sense of patriotism and public service held by members of
“This Executive Order reflects the shared
our armed forces doesn’t leave them when they exit
commitment across the Obama administration to
from active duty. It benefits our government to seize
hiring American veterans,” said Secretary Napolitano.
this opportunity to utilize their skills and dedication
“Veterans play a vital role in the Department of
to service. The Veterans Employment Initiative will
Homeland Security’s mission to protect the nation,
help our federal agencies identify qualified veterans,
which is why we have pledged to grow our veteran
clarify the hiring process for veterans seeking
workforce to more than 50,000 Department-wide by
employment with the federal government, and help
our veterans adjust to civilian life once they are hired.”
At the end of Fiscal Year 2008, there were approximately 480,000 veterans working within the
The Order also establishes a Veterans Employment
Program office within most federal agencies. These offices will be responsible for helping veterans
For more information visit www.fedshirevets.gov. VE
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INTO LIGHT Veteran Gives Insight on Suicide Prevention By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
When retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido was medically
as positive as I am, I hit that dark place, and those
evacuated from Iraq in August 2004, he knew tough
hidden wounds were the ones that would cripple me
challenges were ahead, as he’d have to learn to live
at times when I just didn’t understand.”
without his left leg. Post-traumatic stress had taken form, and But as he sat in his hospital bed at Brooke Army
depression and anxiety began to take their toll.
Medical Center on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he
Suddenly, suicidal thoughts began to surface, the
began to realize that recovering from his physical
Oklahoma native said.
disability was only a small part of that challenge. Pulido shared the story of his struggles with an “When my leg was taken away … I sat in the
audience of more than 1,000 military and other
hospital bed not knowing what was happening to me
government agency health-care workers and officials
mentally,” said Pulido, who medically retired after
gathered in Washington DC for the 2nd Annual
a 19-year Army career. “I remember those three
Suicide Prevention Conference sponsored by the
weeks at Brooke where I thought about the fact that
Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.
The weeklong conference began on Jan. 11 through
“I didn’t know how I was going to provide for my
the 14th to give department health-care professionals
Family, and that was the hardest thing for me to
insight to each organization’s programs and best
struggle with as I began this journey,” he said. “When
practices in suicide prevention. Nearly 100 veterans
they took my leg, they took so much away.”
who’ve experienced suicidal thoughts, such as Pulido, are expected to share their stories of survival.
Still, the darker days of combat in Iraq were behind him. However, the images of death and destruction,
During his initial weeks of recovery from his Oct. 1,
as he described it, lingered in his mind, and he soon
2004, amputation surgery, Pulido had plenty of time
realized they always would, he said.
to think, he said. He often thought about the day
Other reminders came to him during his
his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb, the
rehabilitation, but not because he was learning to
Soldiers who saved his life and how his Army career
walk with a prosthetic leg. He was surrounded by
abruptly came to an end. Also, he said, he found joy
other servicemembers learning to deal with their
in his wife and young daughter, but was troubled with
injuries, and as he watched them struggle, he
how he would support them.
worried that their sacrifice and service to the nation
“Challenge is sitting on the battlefield almost losing my life,” he said. “Triumph is taking the first step after amputation, and change is living with the dark wounds of war and learning that with the right support systems in place, I can truly have a great life. 33
would be forgotten, he said. “We have to care for them when they come back from war and make sure they are not forgotten,” he said of his fellow wounded warriors. Pulido stressed that his is just one of many stories. He reminded the audience of the importance of their support in making veterans’ lives successful after returning from war. And although their lives have changed, he said, chaplains, counselors and healthcare providers do well to show veterans that there’s still much to live for. Because of the care of his providers, Family, and with spiritual faith, Pulido began his journey of “challenge, triumph, and change,” he said.
MAJOR PULIDO TODAY Ed Pulido is now the Senior Vice President of Development for the Folds of Honor Foundation. Major Pulido received his Degree in Military Science, Marketing, Criminal Justice Administration and Logistics Management/ Human Relations while serving in the U.S. Army Reserves and ROTC Program. For his heroism and valor in service to his country, the President of the United States awarded him the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Joint Service Achievement Medal.
“Challenge is sitting on the battlefield almost losing my life,” he said. “Triumph is taking the first step after amputation, and change is living with the dark wounds of war and learning that with the right support systems in place, I can truly have a great life. “This conference is what it’s all about. … Together, we can come together to bring change to how we take care of our servicemen and women,” he said. Pulido now spends much of his time advocating for wounded veterans, specifically in the areas of mental health and ortho-prosthetic technology. The intervention he experienced helped to put him on the path to recovery and became his building block for understanding the mental wounds of war, he said. Through his work, he added, Pulido hopes to ensure mental health advocacy leaves no one behind on the battlefield. VE
Major Pulido’s story of courage has been featured in Time Magazine, Fox News, CNN and all the local Oklahoma City television stations and newspapers. Since his amputation, Major Pulido has been a staunch advocate for individuals with disabilities. He is spearheading an effort in Oklahoma to provide benefits counseling for other soldiers who have experienced lifechanging injuries and amputations through a new program he helped develop called Heroes Helping Heroes Support Network. He has received countless awards including the prestigious Disabled American Veteran of the Year Award, the Hero’s award from the American Red Cross, the Reaching Our City Award and the prestigious Tuskahoma Brown Miller Award for his outstanding leadership.
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V ETERANS Millions of Military Veterans are Actively Seeking Civilian Employment. Where Will They Find Jobs and What Companies Actively Search for Veterans and Reservists? By Richard Chudy
ccording to data collected during the 2000 U.S. census, the U.S. population was comprised of 208.1 million civilians aged 18 and older. Nearly 26.4 million of them were veterans. Vietnam era vets represented the largest veteran population at 8.4 million with World War II veterans taking the second position at 5.7 million. The 2000 Census also indicated that the racial makeup of veterans is starting to more closely resemble the population as a whole. The percentage of adult civilians who are White and not Hispanic was about 72 percent in 2000, while the White non-Hispanic proportion of veterans was more than 10 points higher, at almost 83 percent. However, among veterans 18 to 64 years old, White non-Hispanics made up 79 percent. The second largest veteran population, composed of Black or African Americans, made up 12 percent of the veterans aged 18 to 64, but less than 6 percent of veterans aged 65 and over. Black or African Americans represented 9.7 percent of the veteran population. Slightly more than 11.0 percent of the general population was Black or African American. The number of female veterans has been increasing. Although the 1.6 million women veterans made up only 6 percent of the total veteran population in 2000, the percentages of women veterans from recent time periods is higher. Nearly 10 percent of veterans who served from May 1975 to August 1980 and 13 percent of those who served from September 1980 to July 1990 were women. In the most recent period of service, August 1990 or later, more than 15 percent were women. 37
The U.S. population includes approximately 26 million miltary veterans. Of those, estimates are that nearly 20% of them are unemployed or under-employed. With an additional 200,000 troops scheduled to return to civilian life in the next year, finding jobs is at the top of the list for most transitioning military personnel. Economically speaking, Poverty rates were low among veterans for every period of service. Overall, 5.6 percent of veterans lived in poverty in 1999, compared with 10.9 percent of the U.S. adult population in general. However, the youngest veterans, those who served in August 1990 or later, were among the most likely to be poor, with a poverty rate of 6.2 percent. The same age group also has the highest rate of unemployment amongst vets, often exceeding national unemployment rates in communities with above average numbers of young veterans. These numbers are sure to rise as the current administration works to bring back the majority of troops deployed in Iraq within the next year. Why are these numbers important? Lots of reasons, but for this article weâ€™ll be focusing on how they relate to employment. Specifically, weâ€™ll look at a few companies that are well ahead of the pack when it comes to employing and empowering veterans.
These companies go beyond traditional recruitment efforts in the hiring of veterans. And they realize by doing so, not only are they improving the lives and futures of those who served but they’re also recruiting from perhaps the most diverse pool of applicants out there today. SCHNEIDER NATIONAL Trucking is often a perfect fit for transitioning and former military personnel. Military operations entail a great deal of transport services. Truck drivers and fleet maintenance personnel within the military receive significant training making them desirable candidates for jobs within the industry. Many transport companies hire vets, but none stands out more for their dedication to the veteran community than Schneider National, Inc. Schneider National has a long, proud history of supporting the U.S. military. In 1935, Al Schneider, a long-time member of the Wisconsin National Guard, sold the family car to buy his first truck. As Schneider’s business increased, so did his need for quality drivers, and he began to recruit fellow Guard members. More than seventy years later, Schneider National continues to approach Guard members, reservists and veterans with career opportunities. “Schneider National recognizes that individuals with military backgrounds are dedicated, goal-oriented team players who get the job done,” says Erin Elliot, public relations counselor for Schneider National. “They also 38
Don Schneider, chairman emeritus of the Schneider National Board of Directors.
have phenomenal leadership skills. Quality associates who possess these characteristics have allowed our company to grow and thrive for 75 years.” Schneider National has utilized many resources to attract and recruit veterans and reservists including the U.S Army PaYS and ROTC PaYS programs, the Army Reserve Employer Partnership and the U.S. Army’s Wounded Warrior Program, to name a few. “Former military have, and will always excel at Schneider National,” said Mike Hinz, vice president of driver recruitment and a retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel. “The
Schneider National Headquarters in Green Bay, Wisconsin
drive, tenacity and desire to succeed that deliver success in the military are the same traits that keep Schneider at the top of our industry. We remain committed to hiring those who possess traits and values similar to ours and have served or continue to serve our country.” What is most impressive about SN’s outreach to the veteran and reservist community is the high percentage of vets working within the company. Of its 17,500 employees, a staggering 25% of SN employees have military backgrounds. More impressive are the numbers of vets and reservists that hold upper and middle management positions. Nineteen members of upper management, or 17%, are veterans. Middle management is made up of 118 veterans, 14% of the company’s middle management ranks. 39
When contrasted with the 12.7% of the total U.S. population (18 years or older) that have military backgrounds, SN employs nearly double that percentage of veterans or reservists. Include the fact that both upper and middle management percentages also best the 2000 U.S. census numbers and you have a company that sets the standard for veteran employment.
“Schneider National recognizes that individuals with military backgrounds are dedicated, goal-oriented team players who get the job done.”
The 4G Personal Hotspot is just one of the many wireless devices Sprint markets.
SPRINT Dedication and commitment to recruiting military veterans and reservists starts with how a company goes about handling the challenge. According to Corporate Communications representative at Sprint, Lisa Ketteler, Sprint has a dedicated point of contact within its recruitment organization that manages its military recruitment strategy and process. A key component of success includes a partnership with the employee resource group Veterans and Employees helping others through Sprint (V.E.T.S). This enables Sprint to expand its reach to the military community and their families, through the use of special outreach
recognize past and present members of the armed services and Sprint’s military veterans. The V.E.T.S. organization utilizes Sprint’s employee referral program for fellow military talent. In addition, Sprint also utilizes various electronic recruiting methods including Hire-aHero, LinkedIn, Military.com, and targeted e-mail campaigns to name a few.
programs, advisory services and grassroots networking.
talent for available positions. Through the use of online networking forums/tools specific to a military audience, Sprint is raising its brand visibility and creating a channel by which these applicants can learn about the company’s available positions. Additionally, Sprint is looking for ways to leverage its successful college recruitment activities in reaching campus military groups, as well as building and maintaining strong relationships with military career service centers.
The group has more than 700 current members spanning 45 states, Germany and Puerto Rico, making it one of Sprint’s fastest-growing employee resource groups. This veteranfocused group provides its members with unique professional-development and mentoring opportunities. Members also work to provide Sprint employees with cultural events that 40
Sprint utilizes several recruiting initiatives for tapping into the military talent pool. This includes increasing the visibility of military applicants for recruiters; ensuring that this is part of recruiters’ daily processes when sourcing
Sprint continues to re-energize its employment brand as a “military employer of choice” to attract personnel transitioning out of military service. Sprint continues to evaluate participation in military job fairs and recruiting events to identify possible matches where talent can be tapped to fill open positions. “Military hires tend to exhibit the core competencies expected of Sprint employees, including service before self, ability to adapt to changing environments, ability to perform under pressure, leadership, integrity, attention to detail, strong follow-through, as well as being process-improvement oriented,” says Ketteler. “Sprint acknowledges that many of these skills are learned in the military, and are applicable to Sprint’s corporate environment.” “We believe military veterans and their families’ share many of the same values on which the company was founded and continues to embrace. Veterans gain valuable leadership and management skills during their military service, which they in turn bring to Sprint, helping to build an even stronger company.” Corporate citizenship plays a role in Sprint’s hiring of veterans. Sprint recognizes the diversity represented by veterans and reservists and finds that drawing from this pool of applicants helps Sprint meet its strategic workforce objectives. “By cultivating a diverse pool of talent in our workforce” Ketteler remarked, “Sprint is better able to serve its diverse customer base. Hiring managers have historically provided positive feedback indicating military hires tend to have a high level of performance and demonstrate a 41
strong commitment to the organization. Sprint not only has a proud history of commitment to military hiring, but also has ongoing efforts in place to build upon this success.” Sprint currently employs approximately 2,500 military veterans and reservists.
“Military hires tend to exhibit the core competencies expected of Sprint employees, including service before self, ability to adapt to changing environments, ability to perform under pressure, leadership, integrity, attention to detail, strong follow-through, as well as being process-improvement oriented.”
UNION PACIFIC Union Pacific developed programs specifically for new hire veterans or returning reservists to help them effectively manage the effects of post traumatic stress disorder. In addition, Union Pacific has been recognized for its generous support of employees on active duty through the company’s differential pay, continuation of benefits, family support, etc., by receiving the prestigious Freedom Award from the Department of Defense and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
Union Pacific locomotive - As of January 1, 2008, UP has 8,595 locomotives on its active roster.
Like many large companies, Union Pacific does not require all employees to disclose veteran status, however, conservative estimates indicate that a full 15% or more of Union Pacific employees have some type of military background. Prior to the recession that placed severe restrictions on growth and hiring, Union Pacific was on a hiring spree. During that time period Director of Corporate Communications, Tom Lange, says the company was hiring veterans at a pace that placed them at 25% or more of new hires. Currently, Union Pacific is back in the hiring 42
mode with more openings expected as the year progresses. “We are currently looking to fill 12 diesel electrician positions in southern California,” says Lange, “and we may need to hire as many as 100 more diesel electricians at 10 different locations in the latter part of 2010.” Veterans have a unique ability and background that make them ideal candidates for those positions, as well as many other career paths with Union Pacific. Those veterans whose military careers involved working with heavy
“We are currently looking to fill 12 diesel electrician positions in southern California,” says Lange, “and we may need to hire as many as 100 more diesel electricians at
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10 different locations in the latter
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part of 2010.”
equipment and machinery already have skills that are highly sought after by Union Pacific. Lange goes on to say, “Many military veterans come to Union Pacific having already experienced working on a team that involves staffing 24 hours per day and 365 days per year, and physical and outdoor work in a safetysensitive environment.” “Military veterans make great employees because they typically are goal-oriented, bring a strong work ethic, excellent training and a worldview that strengthens Union Pacific at all levels,” he adds. “We value the commitment, training and diversity that our armed forces bring to the workplace.” So there you have it. Three companies that set new standards in veteran recruiting, training and retention. All three are proud of their hiring practices and are constantly looking for new ways to effectively increase their outreach. And all three do so knowing that their businesses will benefit by increasing the number of veterans they employ. VE 43
HOW TO REACH THESE COMPANIES:
FOR JOB OPPORTUNTIES ONLINE: http://www.schneiderjobs.com
SPRINT Corporate Headquarters 6200 Sprint Parkway KSOPHF0102-1B304 Overland Park, KS 66251 (800) 829-0965 FOR JOB OPPORTUNITIES ONLINE: http://about.sprint.com/careers
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD Corporate Headquarters 1400 Douglas Street Omaha, NE 68179 (402) 544-5000 (888) 870-8777 FOR JOB OPPORTUNITIES ONLINE: http://www.unionpacific.jobs
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