WorkingNation is proud to announce our second Town Hall: Keeping America’s Promise on how Texas is leading the charge on helping our veterans enter the workforce.
Produced in conjunction with syndicated television program Hiring America, this televised event will take place at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Keeping America’s Promise will highlight the work being done in Texas and nationwide to help our veterans move into civilian occupations. A panel of policymakers and industry leaders will discuss the solutions that are making positive changes in the lives of our soldiers.
There is an average of 250,000 service members transitioning into civilian life every year adding to our population of 20.9 million veterans. Texas is home to 15 active duty military installations and an estimated 20,000 veterans a year who are leaving their military service. The Texas Workforce Commission reported that nearly 40,000 veterans who have settled in the state are looking for work.
Finding these veterans well-paying work that capitalizes on their skill set is the mission of programs like Hiring Our Heroes, VET Roadmap, College Credit For Heroes and Operation Welcome Home. Each program is a great example of the interaction between Texas government and local educators and industries to provide skills training, counseling and job opportunities to our veterans.
There are many challenges for veterans to enter the civilian workforce: such as adjusting to the culture on the homefront, matching skills with industry needs and increased accessibility for disabled veterans. The panel will discuss what are the roadblocks to employment and how veterans can utilize online resources to upskill and improve their job search abilities. They will also discuss the strategies employers and industry leaders can use to attract and accommodate this valuable workforce.
The Town Hall will be moderated by network news veteran, anchor and news correspondent, Stephanie Sy. She is currently anchoring for CBS News and is also a PBS NewsHour special contributor. She has previously won an Associated Press award for her military coverage as a broadcast reporter in Virginia.
We invite you to take part in our Town Hall discussion as an audience member. The event will be filmed as a one-hour television special to be aired by Hiring America over syndicated television and the Armed Forces Network. Hiring America reaches our troops and our U.S. Embassy workers worldwide in more than 200 nations.
Scheduled to appear (lineup is subject to change):
- Gen. George Casey Jr. (Ret.), Fmr. U.S. Army Chief of Staff
- John Courson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Home Builders Institute
- Nicole Gardner, Vice President and Leader of PS Eminence Academy at IBM Global Business Solutions
- Jeff Hall, National Employment Director, Disabled American Veterans
- Jeff Cleland, Manager, Bush Institute Military Initiative
- Ruth Hughs, Commissioner for Employers, Texas Workforce Commission
- Andrew Morton, Communications Director, Society for Human Resource Management
- Maria Terry, Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America
- Larry Hughes: Vice President of Franchising Systems for 7-Eleven
Jason Oliver, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, AT&T
WHAT: WorkingNation/Hiring America Town Hall – “Keeping America’s Promise”
WHEN: October 25, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Southern Methodist University, 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, Texas