VA Employer Summit a success

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Nearly 90 representatives from more than 50 companies around the Southeast recently attended the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) Employer Breakfast Summit at Trenholm State Community College in Montgomery.

With ADRS as a partner, the summit enabled employers to facilitate a discussion on hiring veterans with different organizations to support their efforts upon exiting the United States Armed Forces.

“We put a planning committee together that was able to bring leaders from our community,” said ADRS Business Relations Coordinator Anna Taylor. “Peggy Anderson, administrator of ADRS’s Business Relations Program, was part of a panel discussing how employers could apply for OJT (On-Job-Training) funds and how to set up apprenticeships and trainings at their businesses.”

In addition to ADRS, other panel speakers at the event included representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Disabled American Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Compensated Work Therapy, the Alabama State Approving Agency and the Soldier for Life Center.

CAVHCS Employment Coordinator Kevin Sellers worked closely with Taylor and other members of the Central Alabama Veterans Employment Council to help find solutions to veteran and disabled veteran unemployment. The Employer Breakfast Summit was one of the events organized by the council.

Community partners collaborating for the event included: the Department of Labor Disabled Veteran Outreach Program, the Alabama National Guard and Reserves, Still Serving Veterans, Aletheia House, Priority Veterans, Hero2Hired, Family Guidance, Alabama Head Injury Foundation, Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base, Family Endeavors, the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Troy University, Faulkner University, Trenholm State Community College, Special Kind of Caring, Motherly Care, Hands on River Region 211, Montgomery Area Transit, Goodwill Industries, Easter Seals, and many others.

Businesses attending included: Lockheed Martin, Alabama Power, Fruit of the Loom, Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Homeland Security, USDA Forest Services, Hyundai Power Transformers, Indrasoft, Montgomery City Personnel, Schneider Trucking, The Home Depot, U.S. Foods and more.

Wind Creek Casino sponsored the catered breakfast.

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