Michelle Obama announces one-stop job site for vets - WKRN News 2

Michelle Obama visits Fort Campbell, announces one-stop job site for vets

Posted: Updated: Apr 23, 2014 07:31 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky - During a visit to Ft. Campbell Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets.

She said that the new Veterans Employment Center provides one-stop shopping for troops as they transition to civilian life.

The move comes as the U.S. winds down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the administration seeks to lower unemployment among veterans.

Mrs. Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, spoke before more than 1,000 soldiers and representatives of more than 100 companies at Ft. Campbell along the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

"Your mission is your future and this is what that summit is all about," said the First Lady.

She said the Web site, benefits.va.gov, will “help you well before you leave the service."

According to Ft. Campbell Col. "Buck" Dellinger, 450 to 600 soldiers transition from the military to the private sector each month.

One of those transitioning to life outside the military is Capt. Mark Osmack.

He will be attending graduate school in public administration at George Washington University, but says there will be that day when he is looking for a job in the private sector.

"It's always good to get more information, there are a lot of companies here and if nothing else, it's a good chance to do a dry run on interviews and things like that," the captain told News 2.

Representatives from companies like Delta, UPS, General Electric and Walmart were among those at the Ft. Campbell jobs summit.

After her 15-minute speech, the First Lady met privately with a handful of soldiers and their families.
Powered by WorldNow

441 Murfreesboro Road Nashville, TN 37210

Telephone: 615.369.7222
Fax: 615.369.7329
Email: news@wkrn.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Nashville, LLC. A Media General Company.