First off, let me say happy Veterans Day to everyone out there–veterans, active duty military, military spouses, national guardsmen, reservists and all of our supporters as well. I attended a Veterans Day tribute ceremony at my daughter`s elementary school this morning and it was very moving. I`m happy to report that there are still schools and communities that take the time to pay tribute to those who have served and those who still serve. America is still great because of our veterans and patriots. Thank you to those who respect the military and veterans and who say “thank you” to veterans. We appreciate the simple words of thanks more than you know.
Take the Pledge
I recently watched a documentary called, “Jobs for G.I.s: An AT&T Original Documentary.” I found it on the “Audience” channel on DirecTV, for those of you who are interested in watching it, and I highly recommend this (click here to watch the 45 second trailer on YouTube). It documents the challenges faced by veterans looking for work in Los Angeles, California, but these are the same challenges faced by veterans everywhere. It was heartbreaking to watch people in the documentary visit the homeless to ask who were the veterans. It is alarming how many veterans end up homeless and this is something we must put an end to in this country. People who are willing to die for their country should receive more support than they are currently getting when they return.
I ask everyone out there who reads this post to take a pledge to help veterans in any way you can to find jobs and transition to civilian life. Simply pointing someone in the right direction may be enough to change their life for the better. The documentary shows how many veterans are not even aware of the help that is available.
Help IS Available
Two organizations that help veterans find jobs are the Call of Duty Endowment and Hire Heroes USA. In addition to helping with a job search, they also help veterans write resumes, network, find training and education they need to be more competitive in the work force. I have personal experience with Hire Heroes USA and they are a great organization, and I have heard wonderful things about the Call of Duty Endowment also. PLEASE help veterans find organizations like these and ask for the assistance they need and deserve. Only if we all pitch in will every veteran who deserves an opportunity get one.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org should there be anything I can help with or questions I can answer. Even if I do not know the answer, I will help you find one, I can promise you that.
Happy Veterans Day everyone!