Hey, guys, it's Adam, and today I'm here with my good friend
US Army Veteran and Veterans Representative for the Virginia Employment Commission
Mr. William Marquez, and we're going to talk about employment after a brain injury.
William, tell me, what are some of the real challenges
facing veterans as they enter back into the workforce,
specifically after they've had a brain injury?
We got a couple emailed questions on the website
in terms of what the certification requirements are
and what kind of transferability options are available for licenses,
wheeled vehicle licenses, things like that.
Could you talk a little bit about that?>>Sure.
One of the things we try to talk to the service members coming out
before they've gotten out is whether or not they have certifications
and to get certifications beforehand.
They can do it through COOL Army, COOL Navy.
Get the certification for what they've been doing or any training they've had
while they were in the service.
For some of the people who are already out,
it's a matter of trying to take what they've been doing
and acquire certifications that will lead to employment in what they're looking to do.
There are several ways to go about it.
There's the VRAP.
There's a couple other initiatives now with short-term certifications,
and going back to school they can use their GI Bill,
so we try to talk to them about focusing their search
mainly on acquiring certifications and working with, say,
local colleges and things like that.
What are some of the challenges that you're facing with your veterans as they come in?
What are some of the obstacles that they bring to you?
Well, I think most of it is--we go back to the training.
Not having the certifications or the education for what they're looking to do.
The other one would be if they're just not sure,
because a lot of them went right from high school, so that's their first job.
Being in the civilian job market is difficult. It's a challenge.
But not only that, they just don't understand the process.
It's basically brand-new to them,
so we try to navigate between writing resumes,
interviews, just how to conduct a basic job search.
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Adam talks with Army veteran William Marquez, Viriginia Employment Commission, about how to help veterans get the necessary licenses, certifications, and training they need to enter the civilian workforce.