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    April: Our Nation's Veterans: An Untapped Resource

    Date: April 17, 2018, 11:15am – 1:00pm
    Crowne Plaza
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    Our Nation's Veterans: An Untapped Resource

    Our nation's veterans have dedicated many years of their lives to keep us and our country safe. Upon discharge from duty, they can take advantage of the services provided by the VA. On one hand, one of the goals of the Department of Veterans Affairs is to provide employment opportunities to veterans and that is achieved through community and business partnerships. On the other hand, one of the goals of organizations, is to hire individuals with the right skills, knowledge and abilities. This presentation will provide you with information on three VA programs that could help you reach your recruiting goals. We will cover the VA Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Work Experience program (CWT-TWE), the VA Supportive Employment Program (CWT-SE) and the VA Community Based Employment Program (CWT-CBE). One of the benefits of the CWT-TWE program is no Workmen’s Compensation. Medical treatment is provided by the Anchorage VA Healthcare System should a veteran become injured at a host work-site during the four to six month temporary placement. Another benefit is no payroll deductions; The VA pays the veteran and then bills the participating company. Employers also have a chance to try-out a qualifying veteran to see if the veteran is a good fit for direct hire. Should a partner-company decide to hire the veteran, there are no extra fees. Veterans benefit from all three VA programs because they have the opportunity to create a work-history, gain new skills, sample a new industry, get compensated, and experience the intrinsic rewards that come from meaningful work, rewards like confidence and self-esteem. The community benefits from these programs because veterans are given a means to maintain housing and fulfill financial commitments, thus reducing dependence on social programs. 

    Charles Gorman is the Community Employment Coordinator at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Anchorage.  As a CEC, Charles has successfully developed several partnerships between the VA and local businesses. Some of his roles include: vocational rehabilitation specialist, teacher, and job developer. Capabilities include case-management, resume-building, mock-interview training, and managing business partnerships. Charles received his Master’s degree in English from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 2007. Charles is also on the board of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homeless and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. In his leisure time, Charles is in a band that performs once a month at a lunch for the homeless.