ANCHOR LEAD: Service members have many options when transitioning to the civilian workforce… but, are they prepared to translate the valuable skills they developed while serving their country? Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. A University of Phoenix survey finds only 34% of veterans and service members had a transition plan when detaching from the military. That means two-thirds were not prepared and University of Phoenix Military Relations Vice President and retired Army Colonel Garland Williams says we can do better…
CUT: (Colonel Williams) They need to assess their education to see if they have any gaps to fill before they get out. At the University of Phoenix we found out that 85% of active duty and veterans plan to use or are currently using their education in the next two to five years.
SCRIPT: Colonel Williams says it's a good idea to start planning two years before detaching from the military… and there's plenty of resources available…
CUT: (Colonel Williams) You can also look at the Department of Labor Transition Assistance Program. It teaches a service member how to write a resume, what your VA benefits are, what your education benefits are… we also partner with The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes. Hiring Our Heroes holds over 200 events a year whose sole purpose is to put veterans back to work.
SCRIPT: For more, go to Phoenix.edu/military. That's Newsbreak from the University of Phoenix.
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