Special to the Journal
Thanks to a $5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, new career services are available to veterans in the Coryell, Bell and McLennan counties. With this grant, Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, Inc. and the Walmart Foundation expanded Operation: GoodJobs, a program that helps veterans and their families find meaningful work and gain financial stability. Operation: GoodJobs, is expected to serve more than 4,000 veterans and military family members across the country by providing the tools and resources they need to achieve their educational, career and financial goals.
Over the three year grant period that started in July 2013 and extends through July 2016, local Goodwill agencies will connect program participants with the training, financial education, credentialing opportunities, retention support and case management resources they need to get back to work and advance their careers. The program is unique because it is open to veterans, military spouses and adult children dependents (ages 18-24). The program makes an additional commitment to focus on helping women veterans. Through Operation: GoodJobs, Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries, Inc. works with business partners to match potential employees with employers. Goodwill also provides participants with free job search assistance and employment placement, screening, and support services, including locating child care opportunities, nutrition advice and transportation.
“The goal of Operation: GoodJobs is to smooth the transition from military service to the civilian workforce,” said Dan Nisley, Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries’ CEO. “These heroes stood up for America in our time of need, and now Goodwill and the Walmart Foundation are standing up for them.”
The program not only benefits veterans and their families, but employers in our area as well. By hiring veterans who have participated in Operation: GoodJobs, businesses will be bolstered by having highly skilled and mission-ready military veterans in the workforce.
“Our veterans have many great skills to offer the current job force, and with one million veterans slated to return home in the next five years, we need to ensure they have the opportunity to put those skills to work,” said retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Gary Profit, senior director of military programs at Walmart. “Goodwill is an essential partner in helping us fulfill our commitment to help veterans find jobs where they have the ability to live better lives and find success.”
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