City of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and U.S. Army North Commanding General Lt. Gen. John R. Evans, Jr., conduct a signing ceremony to reaffirm their commitment to the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program agreement between the U.S. Army and the city of San Antonio, at the Culture Commons Gallery at Plaza de Armas, San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 19, 2021.
“I want to thank the city for stepping up and telling these young men and women here today, but also but those who will be recruited in the future … [that they will have] the ability to be able to step away, after they have served honorably, and then be guaranteed an opportunity to interview for a job here, that is significant,” said Evans.
The PaYS Program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies with a purpose to connect Soldiers to the civilian workforce by providing five guaranteed job interviews and possible employment with PaYS partner organizations.
“Transitioning from the military is not easy, and no one is guaranteed employment once they leave the active duty ranks,” said Nirenberg. "While PaYS does not guarantee employment, it does guarantee that service members that serve their country are afforded a job interview with the city department. And that is exactly what this agreement will provide transitioning soldiers: the opportunity to interview for employment with the city of San Antonio.”
Nirenberg expressed that there are currently approximately 303,000 military veterans and retirees who call the city of San Antonio their home.
“I want this number to grow, and so I know that this agreement will pave the way for transitioning Soldiers, soon to be veterans, to also call San Antonio, Military City, USA, home,” said Nirenberg.
In addition to the signing of the memorandum, Lt. Gen. Evans presented a certificate of participation and a plaque to the city of San Antonio on behalf of the U.S. Army PaYS Program, as well as swore in five PaYS future Soldiers.
This event was ceremonial in nature to highlight the official PaYS partnership between the U.S. Army and city of San Antonio publicly as the official MOA was signed by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and the City of San Antonio in July 2021.