With Veterans Day just around the corner, we wanted to take a minute to wish a Happy Veterans Day and offer a thank you to all of the current and former service members in our audience. Your decision to serve our country was admirable and very much appreciated.
For those in the Fort Leonard Wood Region, the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade on Sunday, November 11th to say thank you to our local veterans.
Beyond Veterans Day, the state of Missouri is home to a number of employment programs for veterans and transitioning service members, some of which are available right here in Pulaski county. These programs provide job training, entrepreneurship support, and help make Missouri a great choice for veterans to call their permanent home.
Show-Me Heroes On-the-Job Training Program: This program, offered through the Missouri Job Programs, is open to all veterans within one year of an honorable military discharge, and spouses of a recently discharged or deployed service member. It is available throughout the state and was put in place to offer on-the-job training so you can learn the skills you need while working in a meaningful career. Learn more here.
Apprenticeship Program: This program couples on-the-job training with technical instruction. Participants receive GI Bill benefits while working, and programs typically last 2-5 years. If you do not have a job yet, or are not working in the field that you would like to be in, a Missouri Career Center representative can help you find an employer to work with through this program. To learn more, click here.
Career Skills Program: This program, offered through Fort Leonard Wood, is for service members who are 180-30 days away from separating from the military. It prepares Soldiers for civilian employment by turning earned military skill sets into those that are appropriate for the civilian world. Participants are paired with local businesses in an internship-type program to gain civilian experience. To learn more, click here.
Missouri First Linked Deposit Program:
This program has recently been expanded to Missouri’s veteran (who have an honorable discharge) small business owners and entrepreneurs. This program partners lending institutions with the state of Missouri to offer low-interest loans to spur economic growth within the state.
You can learn more about this program here: www.mofirst.mo.gov
And, if you’re a veteran who owns a business or would like to in the future, be sure to check out the Office of Veterans Business Development for resources, tips, and more.
If you’ve taken advantage of any of these programs, we’d love to hear about your experience! Comment below or send us a message on social media.