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Goodwill Manasota Recognizes National Veteran Hire Day

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Pictured: Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Team Member Randy Wright (left) and Program Manager Todd Hughes with his service dog, Ghost.

This month, ahead of National Veteran Hire Day (July 25), Goodwill Manasota affirms its commitment to helping veterans reintegrate into society and overcome barriers to professional and personal success. Through its program for American veterans and their families, veterans in the region receive free career services and are connected with employers – especially veteran-friendly employers – who understand the value they will bring to their business. Veterans face many obstacles as they transition from military service to the civilian workforce. They may have lower rates of higher education and often find it difficult to transfer their military experience to the national workplace. Many also struggle with health issues and injuries sustained while serving as well as mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Goodwill’s US Veterans and Families Program was established in 2013 to help veterans reintegrate into their families, communities, and jobs. The program – which is staffed by veterans – offers comprehensive case management and job training services, networking opportunities and help navigating the wide range of social service programs available. An important goal of Goodwill’s Veterans Program is to provide career development and upskilling opportunities for veterans, so they can enhance their job prospects and earn more money.

Ron Thomas is the operations manager of Ready Containment, a Palmetto-based manufacturer that makes spill containment products. An Air Force veteran himself, Thomas understands the challenges of reintegrating into civilian life and the workforce. Thomas has hired seven veterans referred by Goodwill over the past two years; six of them are still with the company. He strongly encourages local employers to look to veterans when considering hiring workers. “You can expect a veteran to be on time, they will work as hard as they can and they will stay until the job is done. You don’t have to ask. They also take their responsibilities seriously and know how to make decisions,” Thomas said. “If someone is looking for dedicated and loyal employees, hiring veterans is the way to go.”

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Team Member Randy Wright (left) and Program Manager Todd Hughes with his service dog, Ghost.

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