Resume Building Workshop with WVU Talent Strategy and Bombardier

On Thursday, March 30th, Operation Welcome Home will host WVU Talent Strategy and Bombardier as they brief our veterans on resume building, refining, and working one-on-one with our veterans to ensure their resumes are up to par with what HR professionals are looking for when they are trying to find that perfect candidate for an open position.

Many veterans have never had to create a resume before but understand that the resume is the first step in gaining that in-person interview they strive for when applying for what seems to be the perfect job.

We’re committed to helping them reach their goal by bringing in the best of the best to give the feedback and insight they need.

“Chill-Fest” with Pizza and Video Games at Mylan Park

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Kick back, relax and enjoy some after-hours fun with like-minded Veterans and their friends and family!

Operation Welcome Home will be hosting a “Chill-Fest” at their facility in Mylan Park, complete with video gaming, fellowship, soda, snacks and pizza provided by Little Caesars.

Tuesday, June 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please RSVP by emailing bsimpson@paceenterprises.org or call (681) 212-9264.

Come on out, make some new friends in Morgantown with similar interests or experiences, and be sure to share this with your network!

War-Torn Marriage: Family Shattered by TBI, PTSD Picks Up Pieces

“The breaking point came when Sandra Rivera found their 9-year-old son backed against a wall with his arms over his face, shielding himself from her husband’s screaming.

Desperate, she did what is unfathomable for a Marine wife: She called her husband’s commander.

It was a Friday in fall 2010, about a year and a half after Gunnery Sgt. Felix Rivera emerged as the sole survivor of a car bomb in Afghanistan. By the following Monday, he was checked into a mental hospital.

His struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury were ravaging their marriage. Husband and wife had been relegated to patient and caregiver.”…

Read the full article here:

http://bit.ly/17S7fwh

Thank you to David Sutherland, President at the Sutherland Partnership, Inc. for sharing this article on Facebook.

Veteran Employment Workshop April 24, 2013

West Virginia University Employment Services in the Division of Human Resources is dedicated to giving back to our veterans. If you or someone you know is a veteran and seeking assistance with resume writing, searching for a job and interviewing skills, register now to attend our Veteran Employment Workshop!
The workshop is being held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum in the Jerry West Lounge. Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring copies of your resume for discussion.
To register, follow the link below. Sign-up now as seats are limited! 

Are you a returning female veteran? Give your feedback and enter to win an Amazon.com giftcard.

“An online survey to learn more about the transition experiences of female former service members. The survey is completely anonymous and takes about 15-20 minutes to complete. Respondents are given the opportunity to enter a drawing for $25 to Amazon.com when the survey is completed”
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/servicewomen

Connect with other veterans in your area. New Mobile App links returning service members to peers and community resources.

“POS REP is a mobile, location-enabled social network designed exclusively for the military veteran community. POS REP reconnects veterans who served together but more importantly connects veterans to peers and resources in their communities.”
Get the app or learn more http://pos-rep.com/.
Check it out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/posrep.

West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, Morgantown Office: January Schedule

Staff members David Dotson and Rebecca Summers provide counseling and assistance to veterans in Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties who need to file for state and federal benefits.

Beginning in January, staff will be in the Morgantown Field Office 8:30am-3:30pm.
Staff will come to Fairmont the first and third Tuesday each month; Kingwood, the second Tuesday; and Grafton, the fourth Tuesday.  Office hours at these alternate sites have been expanded to 9:30am- 2:30pm.

Jan. 8: Preston County Commission meeting room, Kingwood

Jan. 15: West Virginia Works, Veterans Square, 320 Adams Street., Fairmont

Jan. 22 Taylor County Senior Center, Grafton

Morgantown Field Office will be closed on the previously mentioned Tuesdays of field visits to alternate sites as well as January 1, New Years Day, and January 21, Martin Luther King Day.

For more information or to schedule a meeting with a staff member: 304-285-3480 or 304-285-3481. Please call at least two days prior to when you would like a meeting.

CAMO To CAPS A program to serve WVU military students with backpacks of school gear.

Many of us do march to a different drummer, but most of us will have no problem getting with this program.

Camo to Caps kicked off an effort last week to collect school supplies for veterans and active-duty members of the military who are enrolled as students at WVU. The gear will be distributed in January.

The launch of this program on the heels of recent Veterans Day celebrations serves as a reminder that the needs of our current and former members of the military exstend beyond one holiday.

It’s no secret that our country is still at was in Afghanistan and has nearly 70,000 troops stationed there, alone. Almost twice that numbers are stationed outside our country in scores of nations and another 1 million plus are on duty right here at home. Veterans numbers total more than 23 million across the nation, with some 170,000 calling West Virginia Home.

Though there are a host of programs and services offered by federal, state and local governments for these men and women, there is still a need for the private sector, nonprofits and the community to do more.

The Camo to Caps program is maneuvering through the Operation Welcome Home center, a military family support group, at Mylan Park. Though few if any words are as heartwarming as “Welcome Home” to the military family, the mission this program hopes to fulfill speaks far louder than any words.

We realize there are any number of good causes seeking your consideration during this season of giving. But we muster for this one special reasons.

Of course, the first is it’s new in our area and can use some added recognition, however it’s all the more important because it calls attention to WVU’s military students.

Every student at WVU sometimes probably feels a little lost of overwhelmed among his or her 30.000 peers. But we suspect for those returning from military or active duty enrolled at the university is more of an adjustment then for most

Through banners, applause and picking up restaurant tabs are all appreciated, we cannot think of anything more important to aid their transition back to civilian life than an education.

Make no mistake, the packs of supplies these military students will deploy with in WVU’s winter semester should serve them well.

But perhaps more importantly, they will also help to remind them our community not only salutes them, but is in step with them – in and out of uniform.

IF YOU WANT to contribute to Camo to Caps, Call Brett Simpson, at Operation Welcome Home: 681-212-9264