AUSTIN, Texas —
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announces the State of Texas Soldier Employment Initiative (STSEI), developed in partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) as part of a $750,000 U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) funded pilot project to help returning U.S. Army veterans find employment prior to separating from the service, particularly in growing industries in Texas such as the medical, energy and technology fields.
“Texas is home to 450,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and TWC recognizes this exceptional group of individuals by supporting a variety of workforce programs to help them transition to civilian life,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We are proud to develop this pilot project that can serve as an example to other states and help our heroes gain employment.”
As part of the initiative, TWC and TVC representatives will work with military, community and employer organizations, including the Army Career and Alumni Program and the Transitional Assistance Program, to identify areas of need for veteran employment services and implement data sharing among partners to increase program efficiencies and avoid overlap of services. STSEI dedicated staff also will create a computer database service that will consider a soldier’s wide range of knowledge and translate that experience into skills statements understood and validated by civilian employers.
“The Texas Veterans Commission is pleased to partner with the Texas Workforce Commission for this initiative to help our soldiers and veterans find meaningful employment that fits their professional needs,” said TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino. “All STSEI representatives are veterans themselves, and there is immense value in veterans being served and assisted by fellow veterans to provide high-quality employment services that those military service men and women have earned by defending our country.”
STSEI representatives will be located in four workforce development board areas that provide services to communities near Fort Hood in Killeen, Fort Bliss in El Paso, Camp Mabry in Austin and Ellington Air Field in Houston. The STSEI will enhance existing outreach efforts on specific populations of veterans, including active duty soldiers within 90 days of separation from the Army; Texas Army National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers returning from deployment; veterans already separated from the military and currently receiving Army Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX); and veterans of other service branches who also are receiving military UCX.