Overheard

Tim Farrell on job skills learned in military combat

By Geoff Sadow
September 26, 2019

National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations (NAVSO) CEO Tim Farrell talks about how being ‘combat forged’ provides veterans with the skills that make them an asset in the civilian workforce.

Tim reminds veterans that they have so much to offer a future employer. “There are so many things that we can translate as military veterans, as military spouses. From a leadership perspective, from a dedication perspective, from an ingenuity perspective, from an innovation perspective, from a working with scarce resources and making something out of nothing perspective,” he points out. “That’s what you bring to the table. And that’s what will benefit employers whether they know it or not right now.”

Since May 2019, Tim has been leading NAVSO’s strategic progression from its early-stage and founder-led roots into its next phase of growth and impact in the veteran-serving marketplace.

Tim previously served as the COO and Interim President & CEO of Operation Homefront, integrating 23 formerly independent chapters into a singular national standard-bearer that transformed thousands of military and veteran families’ financial health and prepared those families for long-term financial sustainability.

Tim has a unique understanding of the nexus between global awareness and education, and its positive impact on our families, economy and our national security. He also serves on the City of San Antonio’s Veterans Affairs Commission and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s board of trustees, chairs the board of directors of Summer of Service (SOS) San Antonio, and advocates for robust development and diplomacy alongside defense as a Texas State Leader and one of the Veterans for Smart Power within the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

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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