As seasoned members of the military, we’re taught to “think on our feet” efficiently and effectively. Those are also traits that I believe drive an entrepreneurial spirit and helped me make a major career transition to a franchise owner after 20 years as an Air Force Cardiopulmonary Technician. If you’re currently considering your next career step or wondering what retirement might look like for you, allow me to share some of my story and lessons learned along the way.
Mike Lozier has successfully transitioned from being a leader in the U.S. Marine Corps to a thriving franchise business owner with the leader in cooperative direct mail. And, the best part is he gets to do it alongside his wife Robyn and not halfway around the world, thousands of miles from home.
How did I go from running an anti-piracy and anti-terrorism team in the U.S. Navy to owning a Massage Envy Spa franchise? It may not seem like a natural transition but for me and my family the healing power of massage has given us a path to life outside of active duty that we never could have imagined would be so powerful and fulfilling.
Our 2014 edition of the Veterans Enterprise is out now! Read about how Frank Bisignano and First Data are advancing opportunies for veterans, tackling the issues affecting G.I. benefits programs, a former Marine at Bank of America helping his fellow servicemen and women, and how BrightStar brings medical services to those in need.
I’m sure it’s been one wild ride over the last several years from basic to that homebound C-130. But now that you’ve stashed those Bellevilles in the closet, switching them for your trusty pair of Nikes, perhaps you’ve set your sights on a mission objective of your own: retooling with a few semesters of higher education.
How about a tool launched in early February, a significant upgrade seven months later, then another upgrade three months later, no downtime, over 485,000 users in those ten months and the only complaint is that customers want more. Would you believe that would be a government IT system?
The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”) was recently signed into law. Most of the Act pertains to Veterans health care but it also included two provisions affecting GI Bill® benefits. This note pertains to the Fry Scholarship; my next note will talk about in-state tuition.
First, a brief clarification on the note sent concerning the Veterans in Piping (VIP) program. VIP is open to military personnel preparing to leave the service and currently stationed at a participating base. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be physically capable of performing work.
For more information, visit http://www.uavip.org/.Apologies for any confusion.
For Veterans who have or are in a Master’s degree program and are considering careers in diplomacy and international development, you may be eligible for a great opportunity.
The U.S. Department of State has launched the Veterans Innovation Partnership (VIP), a new public-private alliance platform aimed at serving America’s Veterans and separating Servicemembers by preparing them for diplomacy and development careers, providing education and employment resources and expertise while enhancing America’s global leadership.
We’ve written you previously about the new Veterans Employment Center (VEC) on eBenefits and am writing again to remind you of this wonderful new tool and encourage you to post your VEC profile and ask your Veteran friends and family members to do the same. One of the most recurring questions I get asked is simply … I want to hire Veterans … how do I find them? This is the answer.
There have been extensive changes in the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) for those Servicemembers leaving the military. Gone are ‘death by PowerPoint’ presentations. In its place is an interagency (Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Labor (DOL), Small Business Administration (SBA)) Transition GPS (Goals, Plans, Success) program.
Many of you may have heard of the “Yellow Ribbon” program … but some may be confused as to what it refers to. Your confusion is warranted, there are two “Yellow Ribbon” programs, both very different from each other.