Helping veterans transition into civilian workforce
Home Depot lends helping hand
- Duration 3:24
- Date Oct 18, 2012
Home Depot lends helping hand
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I get this -- dedicating you know them as dedicated to help our heroes on the home front talk about Home Depot.
-- hard more than 35000 veterans since 2004 which is awesome.
And next week it's making of major push to help even more Joseph McFarland -- president.
Other western division of The Home Depot and a retired marine and -- you it's also to my immediate right.
It unemployed veteran of the Iraq War will be attending one of the upcoming workshops welcome to both -- it.
And thank you -- -- a bogey for your service first off -- would release -- alerted -- at Home Depot to help from big a problem mrs.
-- -- today we already hired thousands of veterans like you said we have 35000 veterans working for us today just this year alone we've hired almost 101000 veterans.
And we think about we have two million veterans that are -- -- out of the service -- next two years.
And -- such a big need to help find these individuals sought a place.
And so we came up with that mission transition to help these veterans is a transition out.
To learn just some basic skills things like resume writing things like interviewing techniques -- just simply not available tell.
Eric you come to the table that skills not only he served in the Marines being hit yet huge education of BS degree -- -- your -- teaching at Harvard.
-- lunch you haven't troubled kid just getting on traction.
And what we have in the in the country today is a 30% unemployment rate for veterans young American veterans and I see that as a national tragedy.
And you have PTS do you know how does that really make your your mission -- order while you're dealing with action saying so.
Not only -- -- -- the PT SD which -- concentration issues.
You know problems with work -- school but now you have to try to find a job and deal with that as well so.
It just makes -- tomorrow Honda and Joseph you know first and you guys are reaching out to -- you hopeful Libyans as well but what is it about that the men and women who serve in the military which makes him such.
Great candidates from.
-- -- via men and women come for US military today.
They have a lot of dedication to our country.
Just tremendous leadership abilities and a first hand when I got out of the Marines in 1993.
It was difficult funded job and and luckily I was able to land the job but I -- The Home Depot.
-- so fast forward nineteen years in the -- a wonderful career and I think we have so many opportunities out there.
To help our servicemen and women not just land a job with The Home Depot but any job out there in corporate America to look at guys like -- have to -- -- on October 27 we have -- career there.
In it and during this career fair we're going to bring in hundred locations across the entire country.
And we're going to help teach things like to resume writing that interview -- -- -- how to deal with social media and again this is not just to bring people onto The Home Depot.
This to help our servicemen and women land -- job.
Anywhere that they choose -- going.
I'm definitely -- -- signed up I'm looking forward to I think it's a great thing for the veterans when you're in the military.
You don't get that kind of training.
You do your job and get promoted but.
There's a skills gap between military life and civilian life and we need things like he's learning how to interview learning how to -- a right smack.
Learning how to sit and you know.
Talk to someone in an interview and present the skills that you have in the military effectively.
While the civilian employer Joseph we're following very -- it takes a look reservist thanks so much utility your story thank you Ed thanks so that they -- so -- you got.