Mayor launches 'Jobs for Veterans'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Mayor Alvin Brown is launching Jobs for Veterans, a one-stop service to help military veterans transition to civilian life by connecting them with educational opportunities and job leads at veteran-friendly employers.

"In today's economy, companies need confidence and a strong work ethic," Brown said. "They could use that never-give-up attitude and that sense of ingenuity that so many of our returning veterans can offer. Jobs for Veterans will be good for all of the brave men and women who have so proudly served in defense of our nation."

Nearly one in four Jacksonville residents claims a direct relationship to the military as a service member, veteran or dependent of either. According to the mayor's office, Jobs for Veterans is another step forward for Brown's commitment to grow Jacksonville's reputation as the most military-friendly city in the nation.

"Veterans are highly qualified, incredibly-talented individuals with a lot of specialized skills," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "They are flexible, experienced and have proven they're not afraid to work hard. Our reservists, veterans and wounded warriors have all strengthened our country and they can most certainly strengthen your business."

Jobs for Veterans provides an informational hub at www.coj.net/jobsforvets offering veterans an in-depth look at employment and educational opportunities throughout northeast Florida. Jobs for Veterans also offers information to employers about the many advantages of hiring a veteran.

The initiative comes at no additional cost to taxpayers. The Jobs for Veterans website is built on existing city of Jacksonville web infrastructure in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition.