We’re fortunate to live in a country where anything is possible and to have brave men and women who choose to defend the American Dream for all of us. These individuals are selfless, putting the welfare of others first, but once they return home from active duty, they are uncertain of how to assimilate back into civilian life.
Demographics of U.S. Military Veterans
- 24.4 million veterans
- 2 million veterans are under age 35
- 1.7 million veterans are women
- 1 in 4 adult males is a veteran
To help our heroes find fulfilling roles in society that capitalizes on their military training Helmets to Hardhats partners with retired and transitioning military to find quality careers in the construction industry. Helmets to Hardhats started in 2002 and is a nonprofit organization designed to help military members successfully transition back into civilian life. The Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment, and Veterans Employment runs the program from Washington D.C. In 2007, the program joined with “Wounded Warriors” project, which connects disabled veterans to careers that support the construction industry. It’s not a placement company; the company refers candidates to promising career providers and vice versa. Veterans receive free training and need zero experience prior to starting the program. Some of the most successful candidates are individuals with no previous knowledge of their chosen field.
“Helmets to Hardhats helped me translate the skills I learned in the military to the civilian world.” – Javier Velasquez, Navy Veteran
All participating organizations conduct three- to five-year learning programs that teach service members all the tricks of the construction trade with a specialization in a particular area. Also, since apprenticeships are regulated and approved at the federal and state level, veterans can supplement their income with their Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can participate in Helmets to Hardhats, check out the company’s website. The site has areas dedicated to employers looking to hire veterans and to career seekers who are ready to start a new trade. Join those in the industry committed to providing quality careers to the men and women who lay everything on the line for this country. Most importantly, thank you to all the United States Veterans who have served this country and all those who continue to serve.