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From Deployment to Employment: Goodwill Industries® Briefs Congress; Calls for More Coordinated Support for Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

Press Release   •   Nov 11, 2011 06:10 EST

Goodwill Industries International will discuss its work with military families and present a white paper titled From Deployment to Employment: Goodwill’s Call to Action on Supporting Military Service Members, Veterans and Their Familiesat a Capitol Hill briefing, Wednesday, November 16, at 8:30 a.m.

Given the stubbornly bleak job market and constrained federal budgets, Goodwill® is increasingly working with military service members, veterans and their families, helping them achieve economic stability by offering job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs, such as counseling, financial literacy, housing, and transportation. Goodwill is calling for a continuum of coordinated services that address the unique needs and complex employment challenges facing this population. Goodwill is also urging greater collaboration among the community-based providers, federal agencies and veteran service organizations.

Attendees will hear from Lance Cpl. Karen Lee a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Houston, Texas. After moving to Texas to be closer to her adult children, Karen found herself unemployed, homeless, and caring for two minor children when news that her son, an Iraqi War veteran struggling to reintegrate, was dead. Karen will discuss the scope of services she needed to get back on her feet and the role Goodwill played in helping her navigate her way, secure her grandchildren’s benefits, stabilize her housing and find a job.

Participants:

Jim Gibbons, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries International

The Honorable Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA)

Lance Cpl. Karen Lee, USMC – Goodwill program participant from Houston, TX

Terry Seufert, M.Ed., LSW, Director Program Services, Goodwill Industries of Houston

Wendi Copeland, Vice President of Mission Services, Goodwill Industries International

 

Date: Wednesday November 16, 2011

Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast will be provided and space is limited. Click here to register.

Place: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Contact: Lauren Lawson-Zilai, Media Relations Manager, Goodwill Industries International,
Phone: (240) 333-5266, Cell: (240) 388-8309, lauren.lawson@goodwill.org