As you may know, soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have many obstacles to overcome. They must transition from military life to civilian life. Some may have jobs waiting for them, but a good many have to start new careers. It’s a tough road to travel and a few find themselves struggling financially before they can get back to work.
Building and Construction Unions and the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment, and Veterans Employment have joined forces to combat the unemployment problem. They’ve created Helmets to Hardhats, a program geared towards employing returning soldiers.
Applicants are given training in fields such as carpentry and bricklaying. Apprenticeships are arranged through trade unions. Then employers are lined up who will employ the people as they become qualified for their new professions.
The program began in 2002. They now offer 86,845 different careers in contructions. To date, 157,019 people have registered with the program. 38,966 applicants have moved through the program to employment. Several states are involved in Helmets to Hardhats. State support allows for quicker placement of applicants.
If you were in the military and would like to apply, there is an application right on the http://www.helmetstohardhats.org website.