Mayor Alvin Brown on Thursday applauded more than 100 military-friendly companies and universities for committing their support to Jobs for Vets.
Deutsche Bank and NPACT America, were highlighted as the first and 100th company, respectively, to partner with the city of Jacksonville's Military Affairs, Veterans and Disabled Services Department and the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition to assists veterans with their transition into civilian life. The Jobs for Vets website links veterans with military-friendly businesses, provides education and internship opportunities, and enhances veterans' knowledge of living in northeast Florida.
"Hiring a veteran is not just good for business; it's the right thing to do," Brown said. "I believe the military teaches a refined skill set and a sense of self-worth and discipline that provides a significant edge in the job market. I encourage all companies to give serious consideration to veterans and transitioning service members when evaluating their staffing needs."
Roughly one of every four people in Jacksonville is directly connected to the armed services, either as an active duty service member, guardsmen or reservist, retired military member or a veteran, and Jacksonville's veteran population is increasing at a rate of 900 residents per month.
Brown recognized success stories during a news conference on Thursday, including that of Kyle Lumpiesz, who is a U.S. Army veteran currently in training with the Workforce Opportunities Services Program as a Claims Processor and who will soon be hired by Prudential.
Jobs for Vets was launched by Brown in April of this year to serve Jacksonville's increasing veteran population and to ensure that veterans and transitioning service members have all the tools they need to attain gainful employment after they have served and sacrificed.
Most companies that have committed to Jobs for Vets also participated in the Veterans Jobs Fair during the Week of Valor, a series of events hosted by the city of Jacksonville to honor those who are serving and those who have served.
For more information and for a list of companies, please visit www.coj.net/militaryaffairs.