First of all, Please leave a comment with any other skills and reasons for hiring veterans that you can think of!
Before I joined the military, I didn't "get" why companies would want to hire a veteran.
Seriously, I thought what makes veterans any different from anyone else? Well, although I only served four years in the military, I certainly figured out what the big deal is.
Here's a short list, based on my own experience and observations while serving in the military, highlighting some of the qualities that veterans bring to a workplace which employers might not have considered before. Some of these skills and characteristics aren't measurable or concrete...they're just part of the natural day-to-day operations that comes with military service.
This list is definitely NOT comprehensive and it's in plain English, as I'm intentionally avoiding traditional military terms for employers who may not have had military service.
These qualities are in no particular order....
Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring the new home office for the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) of Grayson, Fannin and Cooke Counties with Penny Poolaw. If you don't know who Penny Poolaw is, then you're really missing out! She's a very well connected veteran who also happens to be a community resource guru. I've been volunteering for Penny for a little over two years now and she's a pretty cool woman!
I refer to her office as a "home office" because it literally is inside of a really neat house! This house is a recent addition to the MVPN program, and it's really something that adds a lot to the Texoma area. The vision for The Walker House is for it to be used kind of like a hub for veterans. If you know of a veteran in Texoma, please let them know that the MVPN program is available to them as a place to connect with lots of other local veterans.
We can all benefit from growing our personal support system, and this program is a great way to do that!
Best described as an "Army of Volunteers", MVPN provides an affiliation of Texoma's service members and veterans to network with each other and support each other on a peer to peer level. MVPN serves as a hub for vetting community resources, providing an opportunity for volunteers to make a difference in the lives of fellow veterans, and advocate for veterans. The program is operated by Texoma Community Center.
The main outcome of MVPN is to improve mental health for veterans, whether they face trauma related challenges due to deployment, or even just facing day to day challenges that life throws our way.
MVPN is exponentially growing in Texoma, so I'll bring you updates as I get them. In the meantime, here are some basic ways that MVPN serves the local veteran community, AND, here are some ways you can get connected with MVPN!!