Energy Department Steps Up to Help Vet Unemployment


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The unemployment rate among post-9/11 Veterans is in double digits. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a sign of a weak economy, but also of the persistent gap in understanding many Americans have of the less-than-one-percent currently serving in uniform. In fact, some Vets I’ve talked to even fear putting their military service on their résumés. But the skills we developed in the military have real world utility that some potential employers don’t recognize. In an effort to highlight Veterans’ skills and to curb unemployment among Vets, the U.S. Department of Energy is stepping up.

Steve Dunwoody, a Veteran and DoE employee, recently wrote about Energy’s new program with the Edison Electric Institute: Troops to Energy. Through a pilot program, Veterans can receive transitional career training and counseling in preparation to enter the energy industry. The partnership hopes to bridge the Veteran employment gap and increase opportunities for Veterans in the energy sector.

Read more about Troops to Energy at the Department of Energy’s blog.

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Kate Hoit

Comments

  1. convert m4a to mp3    

    Thanks. You will make a six figure amount at least until you can get on your feet as soon as possible.

  2. android developers    

    I am interested in that program. Is there an age limit qualification? Where can I read more details in this project?..This sounds like a really promising program!…Not sure that wind energy is a viable long-term career.

  3. Nancy    

    Not sure that wind energy is a viable long-term career. May be shut down for presently killing 440,000 birds per year. Additionally, today the LA Times reports that federal officials are investigating one california wind energy site for killing 70 Golden Eagles per year! Expect someone to go to prison for this!

    See:
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wind-eagles-20110803,0,2891547.story

  4. Chuck Taft    

    Hi!

    This would be a great idea and I am interested in that program. Is there an age limit qualification? Where can I read more details in this project?

    Thanks.

  5. PAM    

    Apply to FLUOR or Dycorp in AFG. You will make a six figure amount at least until you can get on your feet as soon as possible.

  6. PAM    

    Will there be any jobs for Women Veterans?

  7. FSBerlin    

    Go to http://jobs.energy.gov/ and at the bottom click on Find Opportunities Now

  8. John    

    Sounds nice but will it actually work for the masses? Or hell even those of us that are unemployed. I’m with you guys that have posted sounds nice, hell even looks good on paper but will it be put to good use?

  9. Andy    

    I am a retired Army Sergeant First Class, primary job description is Military Police. Is there anything available for me too? I am also of an age that some question my abilities.

  10. Joe Average Vet    

    This program is a joke. There is already a “Veterans Preference” in hiring, where the Vet is to be given 5 points if not disabled, and 10 points if disabled. Even with “Veterans Preference” the unemployment rate is higher for Vets than non Vets. Why? Because there is no enforcement of “Veterans Preference”. Government agencies “choose” whether or not to comply with Veterans Preference. Mostly, they dont. So this is just another “government program” on top of another failed “government program” to hire Vets, that is all political talk with no real substance. Even the VA shuns (read “works around”) Veterans preference in hiring. One way they do this is when a job opening comes up, they falsely list this as a “Job Promotion” not a Job Opening, because Vets Preference does not apply to promotions. The VA does this so they dont “have” to hire Vets. They dont want to hire too many Vets because Vets want to give other Vets their benefits, and the VA wants to keep the VA budget for VA executive bonuses instead. The whole thing is a farce, and another government program wont fix this. They need a VAOIG with a backbone, and a Secretary who performs as well as he talks. We have neither.

  11. tim walls    

    This sounds like a very good idea, and I would like to be signed up, however I just hope it does not take three years like my VA claim has.

  12. Richard Torres    

    i am in transitional housing and have a wife and 13 year old daughter, at any time we can end up on the streets again, Program running out of money and i only make $9.00/hr. Its a nightmare.

    1. PAM    

      Apply to FLUOR or Dycorp in AFG. You will make a six figure amount at least until you can get on your feet.

  13. ryan    

    sounds great, how do you sign up?

  14. chris    

    where can we find information about this program

  15. William E.    

    Are some of us old guys who are not 100% disabled gonna be able to get jobs too?

  16. Mark Welch    

    I too am jobless and homeless need help getting back on my feet.

  17. gregg tomes    

    I would like more info. I am jobless. About to go jail if I don’t pay child support. Please help.

  18. John Marshall    

    Wow – this sounds like a really promising program!

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