Bartels: Connecting Indiana veterans and employers for a stronger workforce

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Friday, February 16, 2018 9:39 am

Indiana recently created the Next Level Veterans initiative to pair veterans with Indiana’s more than 85,000 open jobs. More than half of the 200,000 service men and women who leave the military each year face a period of unemployment, making this initiative an important resource for our veterans and their families. Next Level Veterans is a one-stop shop focused on connecting our military personnel with these career opportunities.

Veterans walk among us every day, and more than 500,000 call Indiana home. They are silent heroes who fought with bravery to protect our country in the name of justice and freedom. They are special not only because of their sacrifices, but because of the many skills they can bring to the workforce.

The Next Level Veterans web portal provides resources for veterans looking for jobs and training, as well as information on a new veterans-based mortgage program, which helps veterans find affordable housing. The website includes links to The Honor Our Vets homebuyer program that can help active duty, veterans and retired military personnel purchase their homes, and INvets, which connects veterans to jobs and training in high-demand fields.

Being in the military for many years, I understand the hardships these men and women go through when searching for employment. By taking advantage of the high demand for veteran talent in Indiana, INvets is able to match these individuals with employers that will value their skills and experience gained during military service. Oftentimes, these positions will provide veterans with training to begin careers that could lead to higher earnings over time.

In an effort to build a stronger workforce in Indiana, Next Level Veterans is a great program to get both Hoosier and out-of-state veterans to put their skills to use. Yet after sacrificing so much, they often have a harder time finding jobs when they return. Indiana wants to make our veterans feel welcome and provide them the tools to re-enter the workforce.

Employers want the skills these veterans have honed during their service. The Next Level Veterans initiative will be the bridge to give the brave men and women who serve our country a better chance to connect with employers in Indiana upon discharge.

For more information about Next Level Veterans, visit www.in.gov/veterans/. You can also contact me with any questions at h74@iga.in.gov or 317-232-9793.

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,

which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

A high resolution photo of Bartels can be downloaded by clicking here.