| 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 US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics, as of December 2012, the unemployment rate for civilians is 75 percent, while people who have served in the last decade have 108 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
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Posted: 2016-09-14 11:26 AM
Minnesota National Guard conducts react to contact drills with Montenegro Armed Forces
Posted: 2016-09-14 10:13 AM
U.S. and Montenegrin Soldiers tested their ability to perform battle drills that included squad attacks, react to contact, break contact, and react to ambush while supporting Immediate Response 16 at the Croatian Armed Forces training area of Slunj, Croatia.
"Training like IR16 gets the younger Soldiers the experience in a little more than just what we do at home by going to a different country, seeing a different culture, meeting different people, establishing relationships that you would never get if you go overseas," said Sgt. George Langstaff, a squad leader assigned to the Minnesota National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry.
The exercise and simulations are built upon a decisive action-based scenario and are designed to enhance regional stability, strengthen allied and partner nation capacity, and improve interoperability among partner nations.
University of Minnesota, Minnesota National Guard partner for crisis simulation exercise
Posted: 2016-09-13 04:28 PM
CANNON FALLS, Minn. - The Minnesota National Guard partnered with the University of Minnesota and other humanitarian organizations in a collaborative program to train students and prospective humanitarian aid workers during a three-day Humanitarian Crisis Simulation exercise at the Phillippo Scout Reservation in Cannon Falls, Sept. 9-11, 2016.
"A goal is to help students gain an appreciation of humanitarian work by putting them in an environment typical of humanitarian crises," said Dr. Eric James, co-instructor for the course. "We put the students into complex scenarios so they can apply the knowledge and skills learned from the course. They get to experience first-hand the stress of making a decision under pressure while providing aid to refugees in an unfamiliar country."
The Minnesota National Guard has participated in the exercise for the past four years, strengthening interagency relationships with local and international humanitarian organizations.
Minnesota National Guard hosts fun run to bring awareness to suicide prevention efforts
Posted: 2016-09-09 11:12 AM
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September 9, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn.-
The Minnesota National Guard is hosting a "Power of One" Fun Run, Sunday, September 11, during National Suicide Prevention Week to call attention to suicide prevention efforts in the military and civilian communities.
The run will take place at the Benjamin Franklin Readiness Center in Arden Hills and will help Minnesota Guardsmen meet annual suicide prevention training requirements while building unit cohesion and encouraging connectedness between battle buddies, family members and local community resource providers. The run emphasizes the power that one individual has to save a life and prevent suicide.
"The Minnesota National Guard is committed to preventing suicides in our organization," said Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General. "We are continually looking for new ways to bring the suicide prevention message to our Service members. Our people are our most precious resource and one loss to suicide is one too many."