IAVA Connects Veterans with Employers and Job Opportunities

IAVA Connects Veterans with Employers and Job Opportunities

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IAVA Connects Veterans with Employers and Job Opportunities

Wednesday in NYC: IAVA hosted “Operation Deploy: Madison Avenue” with Advertising Week 

Last Week in San Francisco: IAVA hosted meet-up with Silicon Valley companies

NEW YORK (September 25, 2013) – This morning, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) joined with Advertising Week to host “Operation Deploy: Madison Avenue” for a second year. 

“Operation Deploy: Madison Avenue” connects Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with employers and potential job opportunities across the advertising, media, and production industries.  A number of veterans who attended last year landed internships with prestigious advertising agencies and media outlets.

One veteran, Timothy Hoskow who served in the Air Force, heard about last year’s Advertising Week job fair through IAVA and Brooklyn College. At the  job fair he met many representatives and shortly afterwards locked down an internship through MDC partners with McCann Human Care.  While at the the job fair he was able to network with officials from NBC who helped him secure a job with TargetCast TCM after he graduated. He is now an assistant media strategist there.

In addition to the Advertising Week job fair, last Friday IAVA hosted an employment panel at City Hall in San Francisco.  Attending veterans were able to meet with and get career advice from veterans who have transitioned out of the military into civilian careers with Google, eBay, LinkedIn, Moody’s, and Razorfish. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about resources and veteran-focused programs at Idealist.org and Google.

“Post-9/11 veteran unemployment is an ongoing and critical issue nationwide. Thanks to a dedicated public-private effort, we have begun to tackle the inexcusably high unemployment among post 9/11 veterans, yet we have more work to do,” said Derek Bennett, Chief of Staff of IAVA.  “Veterans are capable leaders, screened against exacting military criteria, and tested through extensive training.   Employers are taking notice that veterans are an asset to their organization.”

Added Bennett: “We greatly appreciate the commitment of Advertising Week and Bay Area companies who are working with IAVA to support veterans as they make the transition from combat to career.”

Post-9/11 veteran unemployment is a national issue as thousands of veterans return.  In August, the Post-9/11 veterans unemployment rate was 10 percent, a 2.3  increase from July. The national unemployment rate is 7.3 percent.

“In its second year, we are honored to partner with the IAVA on such an innovative job fair that aims to put veterans back to work in New York City,” said Matt Scheckner, the Executive Director of Advertising Week. “Our hope is that Operation Deploy: Madison Ave will push businesses in The Big Apple to increasingly recognize the value of vets in their workplace and will serve as an industry trailblazer for years to come.”

In addition to connecting veterans to potential employers and advising veterans on resume building and job interviews, IAVA has pushed for legislative solutions to address veterans unemployment, including through the enactment of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.  The law provides tax credits up to $9,600 for each veteran a business hires, and mandates the Transition Assistance Program and strengthens it with resume and career counseling.  The law also translates military certifications into similar jobs in the civilian workforce.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 270,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide. IAVA recently received the highest rating – four-stars – from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. 

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