Los Angles – Mayor Eric Garcetti hosted the “10,000 Strong” Veterans Career Summit at LA Trade Tech College (LATTC) on July 14 to celebrate the first anniversary of the annual “10,000 Strong” Veterans Hiring Initiative. “10,000 Strong” is a coalition of over 100 companies and 50 community organizations who committed to hiring 10,000 local veterans by 2017. The main goal of the initiative is to help participating companies hire veterans, assist veterans with accessing career services and raise awareness of the skill sets that veterans possess.
Veterans Career Summit offered helpful workshops, a wide range of resources, and many networking opportunities with over 100 leading employers and service provides across the nation. Some of the workshops that were offered included: On-site resume assistance, How Can I Leverage Technology to Advance My Career, Employment Strategies in High-Growth Industries, Veterans in Entertainment Information Session, Hiring/Resource Fair, and Interviewing Skills.
“According to a recent USC study, nearly 80% of all veterans have returned home without a job. It is an astounding statistic. The same study told us that more than half of post 9/11 veterans reported not knowing where to turn for help. Not in my city. Not in this state and not in my country. No veteran should have to make that transition back to civilian life alone,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.
During the morning press conference, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a launch of a new “Vet2Text” program: “10,000 Strong is not about workforce support, it’s about human support. That is why we are partnering with LA County 211, Volunteers of America and UCS CIR to launch a new app called “Vet2Text”. Today, when a veteran texts “vet” to “LA211” they will get a direct response from a fellow veteran, right here in Los Angeles, not a call center operator but a peer: someone who understands what they are going through and what they have been through.”
Vet2Text have a full time around the clock staff of veterans who are available 24 hours a day. This group of veterans will be on call to direct their peers to personalized resources and information such as directions, the nearest free clinic or the most efficient way to access housing support. “Vet2Text is the first program of its kind in the country and I am proud that we are launching it right here in Los Angeles,” said Mayor Garcetti.
“When I came home in 1962, there was nothing like this for the veterans at all. I went to work as a construction man, and I was lucky to even get that job. With the Mayor’s help and all of the people that are here honoring and helping the veterans, this is a great opportunity and this is what they really need. This will help them 100%,” said Fred Votto, one of many veterans attending Mayor’s Career Summit.