Employment and Housing
The Employment and Housing Committee’s mission is to bring together all entities that offer employment initiatives or services for veterans and their families, as well as stakeholders responsible to house homeless veterans. Ultimately, we aim to make it as simple as possible to identify the right veterans for the right opportunities at the right time, and to prepare veterans and their families for a successful transition by connecting them with veteran-friendly employers, career services and resources in New York City. Moreover, the Committee works to help the veterans who fell through the cracks of transition previously that are now living on the city’s streets with housing support and emergency aid to help get them into their own home.
Successfully transitioning from the military and identifying all available resources has been a perennial problem for most service members. Many service members attend TAP at the very end of their enlistment, and once they leave active duty they typically no longer have access to base resources. Servicemembers need and deserve a technology solution that aggregates all of the data points that TAP covers related to employment opportunities, education, health care, financial benefits, and more. They also benefit greatly from personal introductions and connections, training and a variety of resources. The Transition Committee’s mission is to harness all such resources in New York City and present them in an organized manner to service members, veterans and organizations.
Small Business/Supplier Diversity
One in seven veterans are self-employed or small business owners, and one-quarter of veterans say they are interested in starting or buying their own business. As of June 2016, there were 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in America, representing 9.1 percent of all US businesses. When a large business or organization commits to supporting the military or the veteran community, supply-chain diversity can be a part of that commitment. A number of programs and resources already exist for NYC veterans, but it can be overwhelming to find them and understand exactly what to do. The Small Business/Supplier Diversity’s mission is to create awareness and education for large businesses and veteran-owned businesses, and to provide and/or contribute to existing efforts to bring the two together.
Like our servicemembers and veterans, military spouses are diverse, coming from all walks of life and different stages of career. Being married to someone in the military has most likely affected their life and career trajectory; however, unlike their active duty counterparts, there is very little emphasis on hiring military spouses, and many HR professionals are unaware of their backgrounds or the noteworthy reasons to hire them. Military families face some unique challenges, and harnessing the resources that currently exist in NYC and showcasing them appropriately will provide incredible value. The mission of the Military Families/Spouses Committee is create awareness around resources related to employment, financial literacy, career training and mentorship, and to periodically host events related to these critical topics.
City Wide Veterans Events
One of the benefits of having a technology-based platform is that Empire Vets can easily assemble the various events throughout NYC, especially those hosted by our partner organizations, and promote them in an interactive and modern way. From large, Fleet Week or Veterans Day-related events to smaller resume and interviewing workshops, and everything in between, the mission of the City Wide Veterans Events Committee will be to work with existing programs in NYC to promote awareness of and provide access to those events focusing on community wellness among veterans and their families.