A holistic approach toward hiring our nation's heroes

A holistic approach toward hiring our nation's heroes

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Linda Gould, consultant with The Patterson Foundation

Recently, I read a Tweet from the President of the United States, “If you’ve done the job on the battlefield with bullets coming at you, you can sure as heck do the job back in the U.S.”

Our nation is rallying behind our veterans and their spouses to help them find and keep jobs. Employment is a vital key to self sufficiency, but finding employment, while not easy, is not the only issue. A holistic approach is necessary, requiring our entire community to join forces to provide assistance in eliminating obstacles to employment, namely issues with: Housing





Starting at the national level, the White House created Joining Forces, which is an initiative dedicated to connecting our servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs at home.

From the world of entertainment, iHeartRadio is promoting Show Your Stripes, which is a movement supported by Military.com and Monster.com assisting in the job search and skills needed to get hired.

Here in our local community, Legacy of Valor partners are committed to helping veterans and their families find employment. Goodwill Manasota and Suncoast Workforce are partnering to provide a surge effort in a time when veterans need their help the most.

Two Veterans-focused Jobs and Services Fairs will take place in Sarasota County at Ed Smith Stadium, the spring training home of yet another Legacy of Valor partner, the Baltimore Orioles!

Events at A Glance

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - Goodwill Manasota Pre-Job Fair Workshop - update resumes, prepare for interviews

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - Goodwill Manasota Pre-Job Fair Workshop

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Goodwill Manasota Jobs and Services Fair

Friday, February 7, 2014 - Suncoast Workforce Jobs and Services Fair

Veterans should register for these workshops as soon as possible! Businesses with job openings should register immediately. Let’s get our Heroes Hired! Get Involved. Visit FreedomPassItOn.org.

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