As war veterans continue to return home from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s much talk about how much the government is doing at the federal level to assimilate them back into everyday life, what more it needs to do, and how we can help these men and women at a community level, as well. Governments, corporations and communities need to work together on this very important issue, says Roger Cressey, senior vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton. Watch Cressey discuss the role of government and the community in helping veterans return to the workforce:
One idea on how to help veterans find jobs is to certify them in their job skills area before they are even discharged, so they can get hired right away once they get home. “We need to do a better job re-integrating veterans into the workforce here, easing the transition, making it more likely that they’ll get employment right away,” Cressey said.
Another idea is to accelerate the process involved when veterans returning home, apply for, and receive health care. Many of our nation’s warriors not only have physical injuries, but mental ones, as well, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. “There’s such tremendous urgency here,” Cressey said. “We’re all in agreement as Americans we need to do more for our veterans; now is the time to take action.”
Booz Allen Hamilton helps military personnel and wounded warriors make the transition to a civilian career and life through a variety of forums and programs, including mentoring by hundreds of Booz Allen volunteers. The company and its employees also participate in a number of other programs and activities to support war veterans.
genConnect was credentialed press at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., where we interviewed the premier speakers and attendees at the conference. For more of our video interviews and articles from the Ideas Festival, click here.
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