WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Leading veterans service organization, Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), today announced its launch of a series of veteran employment events. The upcoming 2018 event will be hosted on February 7th in Tampa, Florida. During the event, Paralyzed Veterans’ Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) program will serve veterans, transitioning service members, spouses and caregivers by connecting them with local and national employers.
Paralyzed Veterans of America’s vocational experts providing career guidance to veterans at PAVE’s recent employment event.
Finding employment after active duty is a top concern for veterans. According to the Department of Labor Statistics, nearly 450,000 veterans were unemployed in 2016. While their military experience may be extensive, it is often the inability to translate these skills to the civilian equivalent that can present significant barriers to gainful employment opportunities post transition.
“PAVE events are a rich environment for a job opportunity,” said Leon Mallery, Air Force veteran and PAVE participant that secured a job as a result of a past PAVE event. “There are employers eager to spend one-on-one time with you and see if there’s a way you can fit into their organization.”
The PAVE employment events will bring PAVE counselors, employers and other relevant resources together, working one-on-one with local veterans, transitioning service members and spouses to help them identify employment opportunities and access other valuable resources and tools that will enhance their job search.
“Our goal is to help remove every possible barrier to employment and educational opportunities,” said PAVE Director Shelly Stewart. “With the right support network, information and resources, we know that our veterans are empowered to achieve their career goals, whatever those goals might be. Veterans have relevant, in-demand skills and experience and our certified vocational counselors are well-equipped to help veterans translate those skills to leverage new opportunities.”
The Tampa event will include interactive job-seeker workshops covering a variety of job search tools and strategies and employer networking opportunities. Featured local and national employers will also host panel discussions that are tailored to veterans’ employment needs. Registration for the event is free and open to all veterans, transitioning service members, caregivers and spouses.
Click here to register for the employment fair in Tampa, Florida on February 7, 2018.
More About PAVE
Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) provides vocational counseling and job placement assistance to any veteran, active duty service member, spouse or caregiver across the country. PAVE’s no-cost program offers assistance with personalized job search strategies that position our clients for success. Through the generous support of both private and public partnerships, the PAVE program strives to place at least one client every day.
About Paralyzed Veterans
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For more than 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (pva.org).
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