Goodwill Industries International is expected to announce Thursday an initiative to help find 3,000 women military veterans employment over the next two years.
Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill, will be joined by Keith Kelly, an assistant secretary with the U.S. Department of Labor, to make the announcement at the National Press Club Newsmaker news conference in Washington, D.C.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one in 10 veterans is a woman. Many of these veterans are returning from military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and are struggling to transition to civilian life. They are facing problems such as homelessness, childcare, disability or a lack of licensing or credentialing, the Goodwill said.
Joining Gibbons and Kelly at the news conference will be Juanita Williams, a Navy veteran who found a new career path using Goodwill Services. Gibbons is an ophthalmologist assistant with The Bellaire Eye Care Clinic in Houston, Texas. Williams spent three years seeking work without success. At Goodwill, Williams was provided with housing assistance, job lead generation and invitations to job fairs.
The new initiative is in addition to a program announced two years ago by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden called Joining Forces campaign. Through that campaign Goodwill has hired nearly 1,800 men and women veterans and provided another 100,000 with job training and placement services.
The goal of the newest initiative is to not only find female veterans jobs but to provide services that lead to economic self-sufficiency.
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