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Helios Partners With Easter Seals Veterans Employment Program (VEP)

Posted on December 21, 2011
Matt WalkerWritten by Matt Walker | Email author

 

On Thursday, December 15, 2011, Helios partnered with the Easter Seals Veterans Employment Program (VEP) to assist with their ‘Job Prep Workshops’ which educates veterans on job search strategies, resume techniques, and current labor market information.  The workshop included briefings and presentations from Helios and other employers looking to hire veterans.  The workshop also included an employment panel where Helios was able to answer questions and exchange information on job search strategies with the veterans.

 

Program History

In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment Training Service (VETS) awarded Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region the opportunity to take on the Veteran Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) grant over the course of three years. Each year, funds will be allotted to provide career guidance, placement assistance, and green jobs training for eligible unemployed veterans who reside in Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Jobs may include, though not limited to, weatherization, janitorial, administrative, construction, or computer trades/IT.

 

Military & Veterans Services

The crisis facing the nation in meeting the physical and mental health needs of the Armed Forces having served in Iraq and Afghanistan is overwhelming and continues to grow. Thousands of injured military service members are returning home with hopes of successfully transitioning to civilian life. Many communities are not equipped to respond appropriately to their unique need, nor are they aware of how to best work with military and Veterans systems in the process.  Easter Seals’ Military & Veterans services respond to this call to action. As the largest provider of disability-related services to individuals with disabilities and their families, Easter Seals offers military and Veterans systems of care with viable options to support and augment current reintegration efforts.

 

Employment Services:
Employment services range from vocational assessments to community service opportunities and include work adjustment and skills training, computer skills training, job placement, and self employment programs.   More than two thirds of Easter Seals affiliates provide workforce development services in 140 centers in 39 states. Easter Seals Oregon and Easter Seals Greater Washington Baltimore work specifically with Veterans through a grant from the Department of Labor. Other affiliates engaged in employment services for Veterans include Easter Seals Alabama, Easter Seals Colorado, Easter Seals East Georgia, Easter Seals Middle Georgia, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, Easter Seals Crossroads, Easter Seals Iowa, Easter Seals West Kentucky, Easter Seals Northern Rocky Mountain, Easter Seals San Antonio, and Easter Seals Wisconsin.

 

 

For more information on the Easter Seals Veterans Employment Program click here: http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_military_veterans

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