Veterans receive the highest quality training the world has to offer because the U.S. government allocates a significant percentage of our national treasure in the strategic advantage of maintaining a highly skilled armed force. In fact, for highly specialized military jobs, known as Military Occupations Specialties, or MOS, the Department of Defense spends upwards of $250,000 per Soldier for his/her initial education and technical training.
Given the significant material investment that we as taxpayers make in our nation’s sons and daughters, and the subsequent education and training they receive, why are Veterans returning home to the economic barriers of unemployment and underemployment? The reasons are multifaceted, yet there is a general consensus that we as a nation must make a concerted effort to reintegrate our Veterans into the civilian world. Better serving our Veterans is not merely the patriotic course of action, it is the prudent course of action by virtue of Veterans’ varying technical skills and extensive leadership experience.
In order to address the issue of Veteran unemployment and underemployment, Leave No Veteran Behind decided to leverage the one thing that has made our nation great; entrepreneurism. It was decided that our agency would take on fee for service contracts that directly provide our Veteran clients transitional jobs. By taking on these contracts, Leave No Veteran Behind leverages the military and civilian business experience of our administrative team to create a bridge for Veterans with barriers to employment that are generally misunderstood by the civilian job market. Not only does this methodology provide Veterans needed experience, on the job training with referral services for their specific needs, it also provides income so that they can move themselves and their families into sustainable financial conditions.