Veterans: Does Hollywood Have Your 6?

May 11, 2012 |

Got Your 6

Has it become downright fashionable to voice your support of veterans who are looking for civilian jobs? Apparently so, if the entertainment industry is any indication. A new organization of Hollywood movers and shakers called Got Your 6 is offering messages and videos in support of veterans seeking jobs.

According to the Got Your 6 site, the group’s mission is as follows:

“Got Your 6″ is a campaign led by the entertainment industry that will help create a new conversation in America, one where veterans and military families are perceived as both leaders and civic assets. 

Got Your 6 will inspire Americans to help bridge the civilian-military divide.

Got Your 6 will provide tools, platforms, and resources that Americans can use to feel more comfortable with military and veteran culture. 

Got Your 6 will create opportunities for veterans and civilians to join together to reinvigorate our communities. 

Got Your 6 will change the conversation in America, so that our returning veterans are not seen as liabilities, but as assets.

Got Your 6 will embody—for all Americans—the values of duty, selfless service, and mutual respect upheld by those that serve in our military.

Housed by the organization ServiceNation, the Got Your 6 campaign plans to focus on six “pillars” of reintegration: Jobs, Education, Health, Housing, Family, & Leadership. For each of the six pillars, a group of expert activation partners will establish a set of goals and track progress toward the goals. Partners for these pillars include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program (jobs), Student Veterans of America & The Pat Tillman Foundation (education), the 100,000 Homes Campaign (housing), Give An Hour™ (health), Blue Star Families & the Military Child Education Coalition (family), and The Mission Continues (leadership).

To get a taste of the campaign (and see some of the stars behind it), see the video below. How much do you think the campaign will help when it comes to getting jobs for veterans? Sound off in the comments section.

About Ho Lin

Ho Lin is an editor at Military.com. His interests include naval history, the New York football Giants, and loud rock music.

Comments

  1. Clyde Daugherty says:

    Since I retired 1 February 2011 I have received more letters and phone calls than I can count offering to refinance my home loan at a lower interest rate. When I finally did refinance and really took a good look at the paperwork I discovered that $10,000.00 had been added to the amount of my home loan. Through all of this time up until present I have received zero letters or phone calls offering me a job. The message I am getting from the community is everyone is in it for the money and no one is trying to help anyone else.

  2. melissa says:

    What will the actual veteran get out of this? Alot of advertising dollars are going into these support the troops causes but I really do not see where the run of the mill veteran not tragically dismembered, gets served. "Hire our Heroes" job fairs are the same mash up of defense contractors that have historically hired vets. Again alot of advertising dollars, speeches, endorsements but nothing new.

  3. Thomas says:

    lets face it the Military does not leave you with a lot of marketable skills. I was a sonar technician in the Navy, zero demand for that in the civilian world. Do you know what training I was offered when I got out? NONE! Do you know what assistance I have received since getting out? NONE!

    • war dog says:

      who owes you anything? you weren't fed, paid, and sheltered while you were in? you weren't reimbursed costs for moving duty stations? you get over 40,000 dollars towards a college education or vocational certification, and the opportunity to purchase a home with NO money down. name me another job you can perform for 4 years and receive those kind of bennies. you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink, or in this case, you can provide tens of thousands of dollars in benefits but you can't make a service member use them

  4. Rob says:

    The general feeling I'm getting from the civilian community is that all of these "help the vets" initiatives are making it look like the Vets need hand outs and aren't as competent and capable as civilians. I've started to notice being viewed as either an inferior person or a broken person. Civilians are so ignorant to what Vets have to offer and what skills and qualifications we have. They are also extremely ignorant when it comes to the topics of PTSD and TBI. Civilians think all combat Vets are just mental time bombs waiting to go off at the first sign of stress or pressure. As much as I appreciated what all these "help the Vets" groups are doing for Vets, I also feel that they are damaging the public view of what a Vet really is and has to offer. The “help the Vets” cause has truly become a band wagon for everybody to jump on and is usually more about the helper getting recognition for the help they are giving than it is about the Vet they are supposedly helping.

    • Mark says:

      When I left the military after 10 years, I found a bias against military personnel when applying for a job. In one instance after about 2 hours of being interviewed by 6 people who seemed to think I was a good fit, the salesperson of the region where I was to work (Technician Job) said he noticed I came to the interview 10 minutes early and felt that proved military people were to regimented in their thinking! I did not get the job. We need any help we can get to change the mindset of people who think we would not be an asset to their organization regardless of our particular skill sets.

      • Fed Up says:

        Mark-I truly sympathize with you. If you mention the word "military" or "veteran" you are automatically eliminated. Potential employers associate those words with PTSD and don't want you in their office environment. If you do get hired the office community will give you a hard time as I experienced. I had to live off of unemployment and whatever jobs, no matter how menial, to support myself. I eventually became a chef, due to my Italian cooking skills, and worked brutal hours and am now retired. Those veterans jobs fairs are smoke and mirrors and a scam as they do ZERO for veterans and only bring publicity to companies who pretend to want to hire vets. They just take your resume and put it in the s**tcan. Don't give up and take whatever you can get. No one can afford to be picky these days.

    • Fed up says:

      Another Dog And Pony Show. This is what I remember in the 70's to all those like to help the vets so they can get recognition.

  5. Fed Up says:

    I remember one of the first civilian jobs I had when I got out of the military. It was primarily a clerical job but there was a LOT of work to be done. I did NOT mind it because I also had a LOT of work while in the service. Anyway, I didn't take too many "coffee breaks" and I would bring a sandwich to work (to save money) and eat lunch at my desk while trying to complete my assignments. Those were habits I acquired in the service. My civilian co-workers did NOT appreciate this or like me very much because they believed I was trying to make them look "bad.". They did their best to sabotage me by not providing info I needed to do my job in a timely manner. Eventually I got laid off due to "downsizing" and it took me a LONG time to find another job. I believe that I lost my job to backstabbing. If you're TOO GOOD at your job you are a threat and a target. As for all those veterans jobs out there, DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!

  6. Fed up says:

    Just another dog And Pony Show.

    • ncrdbl1 says:

      Would not be hard to find evidence of many of those in the commercial actually condemning the military in the past. Just a propaganda campaign for the benefit of Hollywood and not a lot for the actual vets.

  7. Shari E. says:

    After my first tour I lost my job but was provided a different job with the state. After my second combat tour I could not find a job for months. I am trying to sell my home because I will probably lose it. The community wants to deal with either retired veterans or someone no longer affiliated with the military because of the possibility of mobilization. I have a Master’s degree and I could not get a job at Target, Pizza Hut, Walmart etc. I currently have a Temporary position. Don’t give up Vets! Hooah!

  8. Though I appreciate the effort by Hollywood to "create a new conversation in America, one where veterans and military families are perceived as both leaders and civic assets", a conversation will not help this unemployed retired Navy veteran feed his family. Now if Hollywood were offering fair paying JOBS to veterans then that would be a solution. I see a lot of articles where people are talking about unemployed veterans but not much is actually being done.

  9. Mike says:

    The bottom line is that not enough is being done. I agree with many of the comments on the thread, due to my unemployment experiences and research on the Veteran Unemployment issues. The numbers do not lie and unfortunately it is only going to get worse for the Vets over the next few years. With budget cuts and military downsizing the US will be adding over 800,000 new Veterans into the unemployment pool in the next 5 years and with the unemployment rate being over 12% currently for Vets and climbing…it is a very gloomy forecast. In my research, the Veteran hiring initiatives seem to benefit the companies more than it does the verterans. More needs to be done!

  10. Ray says:

    I left the air force as a staff sergeant just after desert storm with five years of research n development experience and managed five shops in the munitions field. Put out more than a hundred resumes and not a single interview. Got a job in pick pack and moved up pretty quickly, three levels in less than a year. It was a manager who felt threatened by my rise and he arranged my dismissal so he would not be replaced. Fortunately was hired as apprentice to a commercial builder but treated like a turd. After two years left to start my own bizness, which did not work out as i had no sales experience. Worked for a park district where i applied for suprvisor position but degraded to worker bee on first day. Couldnt believe how i was treated by coworkers who were lazier than a ROAD ( retired on active duty) sgt. Totally sabotaged by
    coworker who thought i was going to get HIS job. The idiot was a mechanic and i was a carpenter. Where do civilians get their mindset??? I have been my own boss since then as remodeler, but now my back is ruined and im tired of fixing others problems. I dunno where to turn now.

  11. Ray kustush says:

    I left the air force as a staff sergeant just after desert storm with five years of research n development experience and managed five shops in the munitions field. Put out more than a hundred resumes and not a single interview. Got a job in pick pack and moved up pretty quickly, three levels in less than a year. It was a manager who felt threatened by my rise and he arranged my dismissal so he would not be replaced. Fortunately was hired as apprentice to a commercial builder but treated like a turd. After two years left to start my own bizness, which did not work out as i had no sales experience. Worked for a park district where i applied for suprvisor position but degraded to worker bee on first day. Couldnt believe how i was treated by coworkers who were lazier than a ROAD ( retired on active duty) sgt. Totally sabotaged by
    coworker who thought i was going to get HIS job. The idiot was a mechanic and i was a carpenter. Where do civilians get their mindset??? I have been my own boss since then as remodeler, but now my back is ruined and im tired of fixing others problems. I dunno where to turn now.

  12. Disabled Veteran says:

    If hollywood wants to help veterans, offer them jobs in the movie business, or put more real veterans in character movie roles in military movies and help them make a few bucks $$$, and maybe start an acting career.

  13. Disabled Veteran says:

    HOLLYWOOD WILL HAVE MY SIX , when they hire me in the movie business, or give me or other real veterans a character role in military movies so we can make a few bucks and possible start an acting career.

    VETERANS DESPERATELY NEED JOBS AND NOT MORE DOG AND PONY SHOWS

    PROUD AND HONORED TO HAVE SERVED…… DISABLED VETERAN.

  14. Concerned Taxpayer says:

    Aren't these "I got your 6 celebrities" the same people who have been strongly, and vociferously anti-military for years.
    If you take a close look they are all Obama's campaign fund raising buddy's. This is just a ruse by the Democrats to get the military vote! I don't think that Vet's are dumb enough to fall for that. Obama is systematically undercutting the military by reducing troop numbers, but cannot provide any civilian job's for them.

  15. Smitty says:

    It is the same old thing. These hollywood folks hate the military they have showed that with the actions they have taken. Hollywood folks live in a fake world, they are told where to stay, how to act, and what to say when they are at work. We have to think quickly on our feet "or back" 247, 7 days a week, 356 days a year. We do not have time to play act. What is needed for assistance, Assistance "not a hand out". Don't slam the door in out face hold it open we'll take it from there.

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