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Congrats to the Recipients of the 2014 SecDef Employer Support Freedom Award

Jul 29 2014

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced today 15 recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor DoD gives to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

“I’m honored to announce the recipients of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “Guardsmen and Reservists across the nation rely on strong bonds with their civilian employers. By recognizing these 15 exceptional employers, the Department of Defense celebrates the contributions made by American employers to our Citizen Warriors. I commend these extraordinary employers for their unwavering commitment to service members and their families.”

The 2014 Freedom Award recipients below will be honored at a ceremony in the Pentagon Sept. 26:

  • Arizona Public Service
Phoenix, Arizona Army Reserve
  • AT&T
Dallas, Texas Coast Guard Reserve
  • Capital One
McLean, Virginia Army National Guard
  • CH2M-WG Idaho
Idaho Falls, Idaho Navy Reserve
  • General Mills, Inc.
Golden Valley, Minnesota Army National Guard
  • J.G. Management Systems, Inc.
Grand Junction, Colorado Air Force Reserve
  • Los Angeles Fire Department
Los Angeles, California Navy Reserve
  • N.H. Department of Environmental Services
Concord, New Hampshire Army National Guard
  • PNC Bank
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
  • Shofner Vision Center
Nashville, Tennessee Air Force Reserve
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, Tennessee Army Reserve
  • Triumph Pharmaceuticals Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri Army National Guard
  • UNC Health Care
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Navy Reserve
  • Washoe County School District
Reno, Nevada Air National Guard
  • Zions Bank
Salt Lake City, Utah Army National Guard


The 2014 recipients were selected from 2,864 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists for going far beyond what the federal law requires to support their military employees. Last year, recipients met with President Barack Obama and senior Defense Department leaders as part of the award recognition.


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Using IBM’s Watson to Help Servicemembers Transition

Jul 28 2014

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PrintUSAA members will now have access to the advanced capabilities of IBM Watson technology to assist in transitioning out of military service! USAA is the first to commercialize the use of Watson as a consumer-facing application.

Eric Engquist, Assistant Vice President, Military Transitions at USAA, said “We understand the unique challenges our members face during the transition from military to civilian life. Members often tell us they’re not sure where to start or what questions to ask. Our hope is that Watson can help alleviate some of that apprehension and confusion by giving transitioning military members a place to start and help along the way.”

USAA is offering IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor in a pilot to help serve military men and women as they transition from military to civilian life. By accessing Watson, USAA members will be able to ask questions related to the transition experience. IBM Watson analyzed and understands more than 3,000 documents on topics exclusive to military transitions, enabling members to ask and receive answers to separation-related questions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 155,000 active military members transition to civilian life each year. Like any career change, moving from a military to a civilian career presents challenges to members and their families. During this initial phase, transitioning military members can visit or use a mobile browser to “Ask Watson” questions specific to leaving the military, such as “Can I be in the reserve and collect veterans compensation benefits?” or “How do I make the most of the Post-9/11 GI Bill?” As a result, Watson combs through volumes of USAA’s business data providing answers to member’s inquiries with confidence while gaining value and experience over time.


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Virginia Awarded $3.4M Grant to Help Transitioning Vets

Jun 18 2014

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Some great news on the employment front – let’s hope this program is replicated in other states, too, if it’s successful!

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $3,444,620 to the commonwealth of Virginia to identify promising practices and to explore, develop and test strategies to improve the employment outcomes of veterans. The initiative is part of the Obama administration’s ongoing focus on job-driven training principles that encourage innovation and creativity in developing effective re-employment strategies to help the unemployed return to the workforce.

The commonwealth of Virginia is experiencing a record number of military personnel transitioning from active military duty into the civilian workforce, with the number of veterans seeking assistance at American Job Centers throughout Virginia doubling in recent years. While there are numerous programs and services designed to assist veterans and their families, the funding announced today will enhance coordination and alignment of these services.

Virginia’s Community Colleges system, in partnership with the Virginia Employment Commission, will use the funds to:

  • design and implement a bridge between transitioning military personnel and employers who have veteran-compatible employment opportunities;
  • create and validate a process to align veterans’ Military Occupational Specialties across Virginia’s Community Colleges system;
  • develop statewide industry-sector strategies in high-growth occupations and identify and link veterans to those jobs; and
  • perform a comprehensive assessment to identify gaps in services and develop recommendations to fill those gaps.

american_job-centerVeterans interested in obtaining employment services are encouraged to visit their local American Job Center.

When it comes to transitioning from a military to civilian workforce, there is no other organization that better prepares you than MOAA! Check out the transition services offered through the Career Kickstart program!

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Online Veterans Employment Center Launches

Apr 24 2014

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soldier_at_computerAt the anniversary celebration of Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced the launch of a new integrated employment tool to connect veterans and service members with employers, and to help translate military skills into the civilian workforce.

The new online resource, called the Veterans Employment Center, is the first interagency tool to bring a wealth of public and private job opportunities, a resume-builder, military skills translator and detailed career and training resources together in one place.

The Veterans Employment Center will provide employers with access to a targeted pool of resumes from veterans and transitioning service members, allowing them to search resumes to identify veterans with skill sets applicable to civilian employment at their organization, and to track progress towards reaching their veteran hiring goals. Resumes are visible to all employers with an active LinkedIn or Google profile.

The Veterans Employment Center can be found at:

Tutorial video on how to use the Veterans Employment Center:

Additional MOAA resources for transition and job search:

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MOAA Transitions Video Series

Apr 02 2014

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shutterstock_51877474MOAA is dedicated to helping servicemembers and their families during their transition from military to civilian life.

The new MOAA Transitions video series looks at five different servicemembers, all dealing with their transition in very different ways.

August 1, 2013 marked the retirement date of Lt. Cmdr. Ohene Gyapong, USN (Ret). Ohene talks about the looming deadline, the stresses of transitioning, and what it means to leave the Navy:

Learn from peers going through the process of transitioning to the civilian world, or from those who have already done so in the MOAA Transitions video series.

MOAA also provides additional resources to help aid in career transition, including:

Visit to see what else MOAA has to offer!

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