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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Veterans Employment

As Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines return from military deployments, they transition from being a warrior to a citizen. Perhaps the greatest challenge they face is finding employment. Minnesota veterans have a higher rate of unemployment than the general population. While this is difficult for many Minnesotans in the current economy, for a returning Service Member lack of employment means a lost of income. Much of a Service Members identity rests in being a Soldier, an Airman, or a Marine. Without the uniform and without employment, the loss of identity could be the first or many reintegration challenges. Organizations depend on reliable, resilient human capital. Veterans of America's armed forces have the skills, training and character to meet the toughest challenges for today and tomorrow. Hiring a vet is not good will – it is good business

On March 30th, 7:00 p.m., at Lyle Russell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1210, 275 West 33rd St., Suite I, Hastings, MN, Harry Ostendorf, the Dakota County Workforce Center Veterans Employment Representative will explain the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development services, including metro area groups come together every week for networking, support, and to share job leads. DEED maintains 30 workforce, centers around the state that assist veterans in job search preparation (identifying knowledge, abilities, and skills they have and want to use), resume writing, interviewing skills, and the job search process; priority is given to veterans who have barriers to employment. DEED also delivers a three-day workshop, which is available to groups anywhere in the state.

The Minnesota Deployment Cycle Support has a Yellow Ribbon Employment Coach program. Employment coaches are volunteers from the business community who commit to a one-on-one relationship with a veteran and offer networking opportunities, interview and job search coaching, and motivation. Lt. Col. O’Reilly requests assistance spreading the word and identifying employment coaches. Contact Megan Riffe, megan.riffe@us.army.mil or call: 651 282-4234. more information can be found at http://www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org employment resources.

Individuals interested in joining a Dakota County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon team that will establish a clear objective around employment/job creation and lead efforts to address it, should contact harry.ostendorf@state.mn.us, 952 895-7656.

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