We are fortunate to live in the greatest nation on earth. While many regimes around the world still control the will of their people, we have the ability to elect our leaders, to change the direction of our country and any American can make a difference. However, we would not have these freedoms if it wasn’t for the sacrifices made by the heroes that answered the call to defend our nation.
With Veterans Day around the corner, if you are in the military and reading this, I would like to say thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice to our country. We owe a debt of gratitude to our military members, and as a lawmaker, I remain committed to supporting these heroes both in their military and civilian affairs.
There are countless programs dedicated to veterans that can help them acquire the skills to succeed once their service to our country is over, such as the Veterans Employment Transition Seminar (V.E.T.S.). Last month, I had the opportunity to address graduates of the V.E.T.S. program at the University of Southern Indiana. It was an incredible honor to address this group of accomplished Hoosier veterans that took the initiative to develop their professional skills.
Those who participated in V.E.T.S. were able to explore career options available to them and their families, while also working on their resumes, practicing interviews, learning networking techniques and how to best present themselves to civilian employers.
I understand that it can be difficult for veterans to return home and transition into life as a civilian. In fact, out of the veterans I have spoken to, many of them have expressed that the resources available are often confusing and difficult to use. In order to address this problem, Operation: Job Ready Veterans (OJRV) was founded to help veterans, regardless of age or ability, establish their career goals in order to find jobs in high-demand fields.
The staff at OJRV consists of trained professionals that assist veterans in entering the workforce successfully. Some of the services they provide include job readiness assessments, small group workshops and individual coaching sessions. Instead of just a referral service, OJRV takes a hands-on, personalized approach to career development. Each veteran, military spouse or caregiver that chooses to employ OJRV’s services will have a structured plan that focuses on their employment and career goals.
This program is a great opportunity for veterans to network and find meaningful employment in our state. For more information or to register for a V.E.T.S. program, please visit OJRV.org or call 855-4JOB READY.
I understand that searching for employment, particularly when you have a family at home, can be stressful. As a legislator, I am committed to doing all that I can to make life a little easier for our veterans; after all, our democracy and the American way of life would not be possible without their sacrifice.