Upcoming Military Career Transition Day at the local American Legion July 30
A free event dedicated to improving the lives of military and veteran communities arrives in Jacksonville with a group of resources and employers.
Whole Vet and Onward to Opportunity (O2O) have teamed up to host a Military Career Transition Day at American Legion Burton-Cowell Post 265 on Friday, July 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Transition Service Members, Alumni combatants, military spouses and caregivers are invited to learn about career opportunities, listen to a professional development panel, explore educational programs and participate in workshops.
Dale Robbins, founder and president of the nonprofit Whole Vet, says the event aims to inspire, encourage and connect.
“If you’re leaving the Marine Corps or have been for 20 years, we don’t care,” Robbins said. “We have trusted resources in this room. We have other nonprofits that we know are doing a good job, and then we have companies that really want to hire in the military space, [and] We have [educational] establishments. ”
More than 130 people attended last year’s event, which featured more than 40 table partners, a dozen nonprofits, several colleges and nearly 30 recruiting entities including Amazon, IBM and several state agencies, according to Robbins.
O2O, a free training and hiring program for the military community, is a career development option that will be showcased at the July 30 event.
“These events aim to provide a holistic view of the transition, touching all aspects of the process,” said Shane Murray, Camp Lejeune / Cherry Point program director for O2O. “We focus on everything that impacts our military after service, touching on topics such as professional development, preparation for the next career and assimilation into the civilian community.”
Attendees are not required to commit for the entire day of the event, but Robbins recommends staying for the entire program.
“You’re going to miss the essence of the day, especially if you don’t hear this panel of speakers,” he said. “They can share something that will stay with you for the rest of your life.”
To learn more or to register for the free event, visit www.wholevet.org. The seats are limited.
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