Program Gives Careers to Tech Vets

Employers See Benefits of Military Experience

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    Our Northern Virginia Bureau looks at a program at Sharp Decisions with a training facility in Chantilly, that provides careers for vets as it provides personnel services to corporations and the government.

    A lot of veterans are struggling to find work, but a unique opportunity may help them land a job.

    An IT company called Sharp Decisions has a training facility in Chantilly, Virginia.

    The company provides personnel services to corporations and the government.

    Program Gives Careers to Tech Vets

    [DC] Program Gives Careers to Tech Vets
    Our Northern Virginia Bureau looks at a program at Sharp Decisions with a training facility in Chantilly, that provides careers for vets as it provides personnel services to corporations and the government.

    That's important because vets who are 18 to 25 years old face a 20 percent unemployment rate. And 60 percent say they have trouble finding a job.

    But Sharp's V.E.T.S. (Vocations, Education and Training for Service Members) program is different. The veterans train as a team, and they stay together when they go to work for the company's clients.

    Toma Smith, one of the veterans in the program, said he struggled with unemployment for 10 years despite his education.

    The founder of the program, Karen Ross, said she started it because she saw an opportunity to get more skilled veterans into the workplace.

    Timothy Snyder, a former naval officer now with Freddie Mac, said it was easy for him to see the benefit of working with the veterans.