The journey from injury to recovery is not complete until a veteran is able to find meaning in life. For those who are able, that means getting back to work to care for their families. The importance of helping them accomplish that, in a way, defines DAV as an organization. And yet, when we consider all that veterans have done to make our American Dream possible, we cannot go far enough to ensure they are able to fully enjoy and participate in our way of life.
It is for that reason that National Adjutant Marc Burgess and Commander Joseph W. Johnston have appointed me to launch the DAV Employment Department. I’m proud to be leading that effort and humbled by the importance of this initiative. In the coming months, we will be looking at ways that we can connect veterans with meaningful employment and develop strategies that address one of the major impediments to veterans leading high-quality lives.
We have already hit the ground running. On June 26, our partnership with RecruitMilitary began in earnest with the first of at least 100 job fairs we will be facilitating over the course of the next 18 months. The first fair was hosted by the Washington Redskins in Washington, D.C.
We project this partnership will result in more than 24,000 veterans having the opportunity to meet with prospective employers. It will also connect them with resources to enhance their job search and continue the process until they are successfully employed.
Even before this department was launched, DAV had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) to provide our free benefits assistance and information at NCOA Career Expos.
With more than 500,000 veterans projected to leave active military service in the coming years, we are poised to provide comprehensive assistance that ensures they receive their benefits and are given the resources they need to get back to work and transition successfully to civilian life.
Stay tuned to DAV.org and our social networks for more information on career fairs coming to you. I thank our members and leaders for the opportunity you have given me and look forward to DAV’s continued growth through this critically important venture.