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Combating Unemployment

CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait - It's no secret the veteran unemployment rate is higher than the national average The unemployment rate of the 134th Brigade Support Battalion is near 30 percent The issue is not the Soldier themselves Often a Soldier is not called back for a job he or she applied for because their resume did not translate

"From my viewpoint we have not done a good enough job of telling our story and what skills we have as they translate to civilian employment," said Headquarters Company Commander, Capt Jason Huedepohl, from Chaska, Minn "The hard skills are usually pretty apparent but we need to do a better job identifying and teaching our Soldiers what those soft skills are and how they apply in the civilian sector"

Now that the drawdown is over, commanders like Huedepohl are able to address the next steps for the members of his company "Each Soldier has a different story when it comes to why they are unemployed, but it comes back to what we can do as a family and teach them how to prepare themselves for a challenging employment market," said Huedepohl

Preparing for reemployment involves translating military experiences into a civilian equivalent, preparing for the job interview and learning how to find jobs to apply for that match their skill set



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"We are starting with the basics of resume and cover letter writing to give them a base that allows them to put into words their hard and soft skills as well as their previous accomplishments," said Huedepohl "We are also going to focus on career path identification and personality traits and then transition into interview skills and online job seeking and networking"

Taking the time now for Soldiers to develop their products and creating a strategy while their minds are clear and not clouded by the newness of going home is critical to success

Huedepohl continues, "If we can establish a solid foundation of basic skills, and show them the available resources, we can help make them be more successful when the current support system is not directly involved They will be able to take the products and knowledge they have learned and adjust or modify it in a way that fits a specific position or job they are interested in"

Huedepohl is deployed with the 134th Brigade Support Battalion, 1/34 Brigade Combat Team to Camp Virginia, Kuwait He is expected to return early summer 2012

5 Feb, 2012
Capt Sara Behr
1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division
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Posted: 2017-04-24  10:43 AM
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Each Service member who attended was asked to bring back a summary of their experience in the form of a presentation, professional discussion or briefing to their respective unit in order to help other Guard members better understand and remember that horrible event, to honor the courage of the victims and survivors, and to remain vigilant as members of the U.S. military.

"The honor and privilege of accompanying members of the Minnesota National Guard to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. met so many goals," said Steve Hunegs, the executive director of the JCRC. "I wanted to reinforce the importance of the commitment of the U.S. military to democracy. After all, it was the Allies that defeated Nazi Germany and ultimately put an end to the Holocaust."



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Soldiers of National Guard units from all over the United States took part in the course designed to educate team leaders in a variety of funeral honor detail tasks, traditions and responsibilities.

"It's a stressful course, but for our job, we have to be prepared to do our job under stress; and we all really benefitted from that," said Class Honor Grad, Sgt. Ryan Valline of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry.



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Posted: 2017-04-18  01:42 PM
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"Soldiers perform at a higher level when they are spiritually fit," said Minnesota National Guard Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Buddy Winn, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command chaplain. "And, it's our job as chaplains to make sure Soldiers have their spiritual needs met, regardless of faith. Having Chaplain Shabazz here as a Muslim Chaplain provides the diversity in religious background that we can't provide internally."

There are five major religions supported by the chaplaincy: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, but over 200 religions are recognized. Chaplains can only perform services for their particular religion, but they can provide support for all Soldiers, regardless of their faith.



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Posted: 2017-04-14  04:25 PM
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"We are very appreciative for what the military does for us, and we wanted to give something back to honor the military," said Roger McCabe, who along with wife, Nancy, is a driving force behind the recognitions through the FastBreak Foundation and Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation. "This is our way of doing it."

Having lived through the Vietnam War - and with Roger and Nancy both having parents who served - the two philanthropists decided a few years back to build upon existing recognition efforts already underway by the Timberwolves. And with that, recognitions that were typically happening at Target Center in November expanded to include Minnesota Service members from all branches at every home game - a total of 41 honorees per season.



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