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STAND-TO! Edition: Monday, December 10 2012

Today's Focus:

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act

Senior Leaders are Saying

When the game is over, the players from both teams will walk off that field and join a better and bigger team, that of the defense of the greatest country the world has ever seen.

- Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, speaks in advance of the Army's 113th face-off against Navy on the football field at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, Dec. 8.

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What They're Saying

As we adjust, if we are further impacted, and we have things that we are asked to do, you always have to take a look at what force structure do we have -- no matter what service -- and can you man, train and equip it properly -- the hollow force issue -- so that we can accomplish the mission.

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Today's Focus

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act

What is it?

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act mandates pre-separation counseling, a VA Benefits Briefing and a DOL Employment Workshop for all Soldiers in transition in order to give them the greatest opportunity for success post-military service. Numerous transition studies determined the need to prepare Soldiers in all components for educational and credentialing requirements, as well as to enhance opportunities to link Soldiers with private industry. VOW is scheduled for implementation on November 21, 2012.

What has the Army done?

In 2011, the Secretary of the Army signed and distributed the Transition Policy memorandum to commanders and leaders throughout the Army. The Transition Policy Initiative established the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) as a commander's programensuring every Soldier begins mandatory transition counseling and planning no later than 12 months before separating or demobilizing mandating the Individual Transition Plan (ITP) aligning and integrating education/employment services and functions under a single proponent and expanding virtual services for career and education counseling before, during and after deployment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army is fighting to maximize job opportunities for transitioning Soldiers by leveraging private industry partnerships and working with states to remove barriers to job related licenses and certifications. With thousands of veterans possessing diverse skills, either already out of the Army, or scheduled to depart over the next few years, the Nation has a rich resource to tap into. The Army is using Hero 2 Hired (H2H) to provide one primary location where Soldiers of all components, veterans and family members can connect with private industry employment opportunities. It also enables employers to search for veterans.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is committed to ensuring lifelong success of our Soldiers by connecting Soldiers with job opportunities, educating Soldiers how to leverage their skills post-service, and educating external audiences about the capabilities and professionalism of our Veterans. By demonstrating their Army values in a civilian workplace, former Soldiers will set an example that can inspire coworkers. The Army values are: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. They are attributes for success in any setting.


H.R. 674: VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

Hero 2 Hired (H2H)


Veterans' Preference

Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) website

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