Overheard

Steve Cole on underemployment of veterans

By Geoff Sadow
September 26, 2019

Steve Cole is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Vice President of Advancement at Veterans Bridge Home. Here, Steve recounts his experience of being underemployed after serving and the effect it has on veterans’ employment and reputation.

Steve tells us, “In the military, you’re given a lot of experience and a lot of responsibility at a pretty young age. Yeah. The first job that you have, you’re leading soldiers and you’ve never even been a soldier and you’re responsible for them as a lieutenant, second lieutenant in the army. My last job in the army, I was one of three people deciding whether the army was going to be in a feature film in Hollywood or not.”

At his job now, Steve is responsible for community engagement, communications, and development. Steven served for more than 20 years in roles including the public affairs officer in Washington DC, Kabul, Afghanistan, and as the Army’s liaison to the film and TV industry in Los Angeles, CA.

Prior to these public relations assignments, Steven taught history at West Point and served in numerous management and staff assignments in armor and cavalry organizations. Prior to joining the VBH team, he was the Director of Communications at Charlotte Center City Partners.

Organized by America’s Warrior Partnership, the Warrior Community Integration Symposium is an opportunity to share best practices, find innovative solutions, and form new collaborative partnerships to better help the veterans in their communities address the work challenges they sometimes encounter when making the transition to civilian life. 

WorkingNation set up its cameras at the Symposium and interviewed the speakers and attendees about the important issue of helping veterans deal with workforce challenges. You can follow the conversation on our social media under the hashtag #WorkingNationOverheard.

Read more about the event here.

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