ForwardHeroes is a non-profit initiative dedicated to providing contemporary, proven career and personal development training that enables US military veterans to transition successfully into the 21st century workforce.
The Issue At Hand
2/3 of veterans faced a difficult transition to civilian life.
1/2were unprepared for the move.
Most employers have concerns regarding veterans' transferrable skills.
61%of past service members are in jobs beneath their skill level.
65%of vets likely to leave 1st civilian job within 2 years.
The jobless rate for former troops between ages 18 and 25 last year was about 21 % on average.
Young veterans, women, and Post-9/11 veterans have the highest unemployment.
In the next five years, it is expected that one millionveterans are expected to leave military service.
There is no comprehensive government plan to successfully transition veterans.
Our vision for ForwardHeroes is focused on catalyzing improvements in the lives of veterans, their families and their employers. In addition, the principals of ForwardHeroes – like many of us – envision veterans as substantial contributors to the enhancement of American society and the economy. Despite that vision, significant numbers of US veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce experience difficulty finding jobs, dealing with healthcare problems and coping with the resulting stress placed on their families. The totality of existing programs designed to enable our veterans to succeed in their transition to the civilian workforce (non-governmental, government-sponsored, and government run) have not sufficed thus far – and are unlikely to meet current and future needs.
ForwardHeroes is a non-profit collaborative effort to help these veterans help themselves and to develop pathways to success.
ForwardHeroes will help veterans as individuals, and as members of families and communities, integrate and benefit from training programs, new self- and mutual-help techniques, mentorship from contemporary career experts, in obtaining industry credentialing and certifications, and in helping them forge their own businesses.