A Veterans Employment Specialist is waiting to help!

A Veterans Employment Specialist is a veteran helping fellow veterans to find employment, build occupational skills, and access state and federal veterans’ services. Veterans Employment Specialists provide personalized service to:
  • Develop an action plan to meet your goals
  • Access employment priority for veterans
  • Job search assistance
  • Career exploration and planning
  • Discuss possible training options


Gold Card Program for Post 9/11 Veterans

The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).  This program is designed to provide unemployed post-9/11 veterans with assistance in getting them back into the labor market as quickly as possible.

An eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at their local One-Stop Career Center to receive intensive services including up to six months of follow-up.  The Gold Card services will include a combination of intensive services, including skills assessment, career coaching, and job search assistance over a six-month period to jump-start the veterans’ job search process and reconnect them to the civilian labor force in high-demand sectors.  These services can help veterans identify transferable skills, career goals and job search strategies.  Veterans will be able to access services in-person and on-line. Information about this initiative can be found on the DOL website  and veterans will be able to print a Gold Card.


Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance in demand occupations to unemployed Veterans. For more information visit: http://benefits.va.gov/VOW/education.asp


TechU24/7 & A Legacy for Learning Corporation

TechU24/7 and A Legacy for Learning Corporation (a non-profit organization) have joined forces to help reduce the unemployment rate of veterans. Commercial Foodservice Repair Technicians are in great demand. It is estimated that approximately 15,000 jobs are available nationwide, and demand is expected to increase 13% over the next five years. These jobs cannot be exported and offer great salaries and benefits. TechU24/7 trains technicians in about a month, and A Legacy for Learning Corporation helps pay for that training through its scholarship program. Apply now to take advantage of this scholarship opportunity!


Soldier to Hired Networking Event

Soldier to Hired Networking with the help of Suits for Soldiers and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers will be putting on casual monthly networking events to help bring employers and Veterans together. If you are an employer or a Veteran who would like to attend this event at no cost, please send an email to info@soldiertohirednetworking.com or visit www.soldiertohirednetworking.com

The next networking event will be held on December 15, 2013 beginning at 6 pm at:

Dooleys
235 N. Groesbeck
Mt. Clemens, MI


Clothing Distribution to Veterans and Family Members

Veterans and their famly members can pick out free business attire through Suits for Soldiers on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 10 am - 4 pm at the VA Hospital in Detroit. Each person can get one complete outfit while available. There will also be other services on hand. If you have clothing to drop off, you can do this starting at 10:30am.

John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
4646 John R Street
Detroit, MI 48201


Recapture Detroit - The Hart Plaza Project

Recapture Detroit is about bringing the community together to show the people of Detroit, the nation and the world that Detroit is strong and the people are proud. To show this, 2 groups have joined forces for the good of many, Revolution Flag Group and Suits for Soldiers. Together they will take on projects and landmarks that have been forgotten and bring them back to life.

For 13 years the American flags of Hart Plaza have been absent. There sits 20 poles without flags!! Revolution Flag Group and Suits for Soldiers would like to change this. These two organizations not only want the flags to fly again, but to illuminate them to show the once fading light of Detroit’s future is once again bright with possibilities. Individuals and businesses can contribute by being a sponsor for this veteran dedicated project.

For more information or to become a sponsor, visit www.recapturedetroit.com


Other Useful Resources

Funded By:
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive
Oakland County Workforce Development Board
Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program
Aides and auxiliary services are available upon request. TTY 771

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