On Thursday, July 24, 2014 and Friday July 25, 2014, we had the pleasure of meeting with Boots to Business representatives from all across the country to learn more about how the Boots to Business program is able to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.
Suzanne Burke, Services to the Armed Forces Director, American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter, said the program is close to her heart since she was once in the same position of having to transition to civilian life after serving in the military.
“As a former veteran, I understand how challenging it can be to translate military skills to employers,” Burke said. “And I also know how hard it can be to transition once you get back home because you miss the people who have been through it all with you.”
She said that is why the Boots to Business program is really able to make a difference. “It is easier to assist someone when you can understand where that person is coming from,” she said. “And the support system that Boots to Business provides also makes it easier for veterans to cope after they have been away from home for so long.”
She added that the program is different from other services available for veterans because it offers reconnection workshops. These workshops help veterans form positive reconnections with their loves ones, which helps lead to success in their work lives.
Michael Ryan, Veteran Employment Manager, American Red Cross, Southern Nevada Chapter, said, “Boots to Business helps veterans obtain the opportunities that they have been seeking by giving them the confidence to excel during their interviews with hiring managers.”
“There is no way we can repay veterans for all that they do for us,” Burke said. “But this program is a way to give something back to them to show how much we appreciate the sacrifices that they have to make to defend our country.”
“The Boots to Business program has greatly enhanced the Services to the Armed Forces program for the Southeastern Michigan Region,” Eleanor Ivey, Services to the Armed Forces Director, American Red Cross, Southeastern Michigan Region, said. “To date, 26 veterans have been hired through the program.”
We would like to end this blog post by saying congratulations to AnneRenee Parks for being awarded with the “Traveling Trophy” award for her accomplishments with the Boots to Business program. We are extremely proud of her, and we are happy to see the Boots to Business program continue to be successful in placing veterans with jobs.
“The ‘Traveling Trophy’ award means a lot to me because it shows that the program has been successful in all locations,” AnneRenee Parks said. “And it is great to see how the Detroit location has been able to thrive and open so many doors for veterans who went through a hard time finding a job before the program.”
Parks added that her favorite story is how one veteran was promoted after six months of being in an entry level position with MGM Grand.
“It’s great to see how veterans are able to excel in their everyday lives by the end of the program,” Parks said. “And it is also great to see what a difference the program has been able to make by reminding veterans how their skills can be utilized in leadership positions.”