Veterans Helping Veterans

March 09, 2013 |

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When veterans search for jobs, sometimes a helping hand can make a huge difference — especially if it comes from a fellow veteran. The Urban Milwaukee reports that Greg Williams, a former Marine who claims there’s no such thing as a former Marine, has been working to help veterans find jobs for over ten years. The sense of camaraderie and brotherhood he felt while serving in Vietnam motivates him in the present to assist former service members find work in the civilian world. “I felt I owed the veterans who didn’t come back, or who came back broken,” Williams says.  “We all owe them something.”

Williams began working for the Department of Workforce Development in 2002 and works with employers to help find jobs for veterans. Because he’s been in the service himself, he can approach them in a way that regular job counselors can’t. This is especially beneficial when dealing with PTSD — Williams acknowledges that PTSD can come from any trauma, not just war. Enduring it himself, he understands exactly what other veterans may be experiencing and how to work with it, and that type of understanding makes it easier for veterans to openly talk about their experiences. He went on to say, “Obviously, the trauma of war may last longer.  I don’t think you could ever say you’re cured of PTS; it doesn’t go away.  But, you can learn how to live with it successfully.”

One aspect of the hunt for veteran jobs that can be overlooked is the difficulty older veterans might face. Those who’ve been in the same job for decades will have to use new tools and procedures that are often extremely different from job hunting methods twenty or thirty years ago. These veterans will need to navigate the internet, rework their resumes, and learn how to apply entirely online. Furthermore, many of the veterans experiencing layoffs will need to be retrained in a completely new field. “We look to see whether they’re job-ready now, or need some training, or to go back to school before they can go on to a career,” said Williams. With his combined military and job experience, Williams is able to connect with veterans in a unique way, and effectively assist them in their job search. For those not fortunate enough to work near Millwaukee, check out the Career Advice section of Military.com.

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Comments

  1. lisabingley says:

    I am a retired Chief Petty Officer with a TS/SCI clearance living in Md and can someone please assist me with finding a job. I have unemployed for the last six months and was layed off due to sequestration.

    • M. Thomas says:

      Chief,
      1. What type of career are you seeking?

      2. What are your qualifications?

      • Lisabingley says:

        1. A career in Information Technology
        2. My qualifications are Security plus,Cicso and Juniper router training

    • M. Thomas says:

      Chief,
      1. What type of career are you seeking?
      2. What are your qualifications?

    • Tom Holliday says:

      If you have at least a 30% VA rating and a Honorable discharge, I can get you into Microsoft IT Academy for free 75 pages of classes you take 3 classes at a time online. Also check out the job fair at the link below, register, upload your resume’s up to 5. I had a young Vet with It certs working for Booze Allen Hamilton in MD. He got the job on this site while still on terminal leave from Ft Campbell, KY they hired him sight unseen and one phone call at 100K plus 10K for moving to MD. Contact your local Vet rep at your local Career Center they can help you out. http://www.vetcareerfair.com

      Thomas Holliday
      Breathitt Career Center
      (LVER)Local Veterans Employment Specialist II
      110 Riverfront Drive P O Box 1128
      Hopkinsville, Ky 42241-1128
      270-889-6509 Fax 270-889-6599 http://www.oet.ky.gov

      • Ron says:

        Tom,

        Just wondering if there may be anything available in Phoenix. I have an 80% rating and an honorable discharge. Been out of the service since 1994. I was in PMEL and now am a real estate appraiser so my attention to detail has always been paramount. I am self employed currently; however, looking for a career change. Let me know what you think.

        • Tom Holliday says:

          Any Vet with at least 30% VA disability and a Honorable is eligible for this, it is Bill Gates way of thank you for serving your country. You have to be referred by a Vet rep i.e. a LVER or a DVOP only. I sent two off yesterday. You should be able to contact your local career center to find a Vet rep, we are nationwide and funded by DOL. If you can’t find a Vet rep or if they don’t know what you are asking them send me an email and I send them the info, or you can send your info to me and I will send it in. Either way. Thomas.Holliday@ky.gov

          • Ron says:

            Tom,

            I did attempt to reach any type of representative and all I got was a deer in the headlights look. l will email you as soon as possible. Thank you very much for your time and your information.

      • E. Cook says:

        Mr. Holliday,
        I have a 40% VA disability rating & an Honorable discharge. I have been having trouble finding a good job up here in NW Ohio. Do you know of anything available in my area?

  2. tim skirnski says:

    I am a reservist in Michigan with a secret clearance i am deployed now but will be back by the holidays. i have been doing shipping and receiving on the civ. side and i am a supply guy in the reserves.

  3. Lisa BINGLEY says:

    1. Thank you for your response

  4. JAMES FLAKES says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME INFOR ON JOBS HERE IN FORT WORTH,TX I AM A VETERAN AND IN NEED OF A JOB IF YOU NOW ANY ONE THAR COULD HELP ME OUT BECAYSE I WOULD LOVE TO WORK I AM STAYING WITH MY BROTHER AT THE MOMENT BUT IT SEEN LIKE HE TRYING TO PUSH ME OUT THE DOOR AND I WILL BE HOMELESS IF YOU COULD HELP ME I WOULD APPERATE IT VERY MUCH