LAS VEGAS - Nearly 300,000 military veterans live in Nevada. Many of them face huge challenges as they transition to civilian life, including finding employment.
The Nevada Office of Veterans Services helps connect veterans with services, including wellness, employment and education. Dozens of programs are available in Nevada and across the nation.
One challenge involves locating veterans and connecting them to resources. The Nevada Office of Veterans Services is working to create a database that will contain veterans' information.
"It's really important to connect America with its veterans, so we can all understand their sacrifice. When I say veteran, I'm not just talking about that person who was in combat, who was in direct fire. I'm talking about every man and woman who raised their hand and said, ‘I'm willing to join the service,'" said Nevada Office of Veterans Services Director Katherine Miller.
The Nevada Veterans Services office is exploring ways to translate the licenses & certifications veterans earn in the military into a license or certificate in Nevada.
Goodwill's Veterans Integration Program, meanwhile, launched last year. The program has helped more than 150 veterans and their families find work.
It provides counseling to veterans and helps them develop budgeting, computer and job interview skills. The program also focuses on translating military resumes for civilian jobs, which can be challenging.
"They (employers) post a job, and they get hundreds of resumes. They're not going to take the time to try and translate that, so that's our job is to make it simple so that the employer sees the skills and sees the value," said Elizabeth McDaniels, Director of Mission Services for Goodwill of Southern Nevada.
Goodwill's program also includes educating employers on the benefits of hiring former military members. State officials say some employers hesitate because of a negative perception veterans suffer from mental anguish.
Goodwill representatives say that is a significant misconception, since most veterans the organization sees do not suffer from psychological problems.