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Jacksonville Selected For Federal Program Aimed At Getting Vets Jobs

City of Jacksonville

The City of Jacksonville has been selected as one of the first 25 communities by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in a new program called the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative.

The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative is aimed at helping those who have served in the military find jobs through meetings and an employment website with listings from over 250 companies.

Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Victor Guillory is Director of the Jacksonville Military affairs and Veterans Department.

Guillory says as veterans leave military service, their needs are changing. He says there are more women veterans than ever, younger veterans, and veterans with visible and invisible wounds.

“This initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs should help us to improve what we do, to do it even better and have more impact on the future lives of our veterans,” says Guillory.

The City of Jacksonville's Military Affairs and Veterans Department, in close partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, launched the Jobs for Vets website, which is designed to connect local employers and military veterans, in addition to members of our National Guard and Reserve Units throughout Northeast Florida.

“That is, I think, an initiative that has the envy of the nation,” says Guillory.

Taylor Johnson has been practicing on-air journalism since the fifth grade, bringing over 10 years of experience to WJCT as a Summer Intern. Growing up in Lakeland, Florida, she followed her passion for production to the University of North Florida where she is currently double majoring in production and journalism. Taylor will graduate with her bachelor's degrees in December.