Operation New Uniform helping vets find jobs after military life

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. -- From the battlefield to the boardroom. That is the mission of Operation New Uniform.

"This was just a game changer for me, it helped me get a job quickly after the program and I don't think I would have been able to do that without the program," tells Army veteran Jarrell Armour.

Jarrell Armour and Ruben Castro are graduates of the first class of the program and both are now gainfully employed.

"It gives you the confidence to understand you do have the skill set to succeed," tells Navy veteran Ruben Castro.

That confidence is the first thing Executive Director Justin Justice works on when a new session starts because he says vets often aren't sure how their military skills can transfer into management skills.

"We might have flown helicopters or hunted submarines or were boots on the ground and we don't always believe those skills will set us up for success in the business community," explains Justice.

But his goal is to show military men and women that those skills they have learned can translate from war to workforce.

So far it is working.

"Currently I am the purchasing manager at Fidelity Information Systems," tells Castro.

Castro has been on the job for a month now and Armour just started two weeks ago as an Operations Supervisor. Both say Operation New Uniform was crucial in finding their new jobs.

The program is new to Jacksonville and completely free for veterans. To learn more about Operation New Uniform or donate to the program visit www.OperationNewUniform.org


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