| Wal-Mart Says Its Hiring 100,000 Returning Veterans In Next 5 Years
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Starting on Veteran’s Day, an American retailer says it will hire more than 100,000 returning veterans in the next five years.
Wal-Mart will offer jobs to any honorably discharged veteran in his or her first year off from active duty.
The opportunities will be in stores, distribution centers and the home office.
The numbers are against veterans finding employment. Capt. Jeff Pratt was one of those returning veterans struggling to find a job.
“Finding full-time quality employment was a big thing for me,” Pratt said.
According to U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics, as of December 2012, the unemployment rate for civilians is 7.5 percent, while people who have served in the last decade have 10.8 percent unemployment.
That’s down from more than 12 percent unemployment for returning service members as of a year ago.
Pratt says Wal-Mart and other companies will benefit from what returning service members have to offer.
“Leadership value; there is honor, integrity in everything we do in the military,” he said.
Pratt was one of the lucky ones.
“Companies like UnitedHealth Group and others that are out there have engaged in a process that will gainfully employ returning service members,” he said.
His military job in logistics transferred nicely to UnitedHealth. Pratt said it was easy because of a military skills translator the company uses on its website.
That military skills translator is used by many other companies. The Minnesota National Guard worked numerous Minnesota-based companies such as Target, Best Buy and US Bank to help soldiers in get jobs.
And it has paid off.
When the Red Bulls returned last May, 20 percent faced unemployment. Today? Only 35 of those 2,700 soldiers do not have jobs.
The Chaplain Stole Passes to Air National Guardian
Posted: 2013-12-10 04:14 AM
The Minnesota National Guard Chaplain Corps became more "purple" today with the "passing of the stole" from Army Chaplain (Col.) John Morris to Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Martenson. Martenson is the Minnesota National Guard's newest State Chaplain and its first Air Force State Chaplain. The ceremony took place at North Heights Lutheran Church, Arden Hills, Minn. Dec. 9. The presiding officer for the changing of the stole was Col. Jon Jensen, Joint Chief of Staff, Minnesota National Guard.
"I stepped into this stole with my head bowed in humility and that is truly how I accept it today," said Mortenson. "Chaplain Morris was my mentor, he reshaped me and reformed me as a joint chaplain. Thank you John Morris for all you have done for me and this state. I stand before you the first Air Force State Chaplain humbled by mentorship."
34th Red Bull Infantry Division Recognizes New Commander
Posted: 2013-12-07 05:07 PM
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. - In a ceremony rich with military tradition, the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division command was passed at the Rosemount National Guard Armory, Dec. 7. The occasion marks the beginning of a new era in 34th Red Bull Infantry Division history.
Brig. Gen. Neal Loidolt assumed command of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. David Elicerio who held the position since November 2010. The Change of Command ceremony symbolized the official transfer of individual authority and responsibility of an organization from the outgoing to the incoming commander.
Service Members Find Peace of Mind even in Winter Hunt
Posted: 2013-12-06 12:00 AM
CAMP RIPLEY, Minn.- Minnesota National Guard Service members gathered at Camp Ripley during the first snowfall of the season for the 3rd Annual muzzle loaders hunt December 2-4, 2013.
"We all love hunting and talk about it during the deployments," said Col. Paul Roecker, Operations Officer for the Minnesota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. "Hunts like this one are a great chance for Soldiers and Airmen to get out and enjoy a sport that they may have missed out on during a deployment."