Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will present a $10,000 grant to Still Serving Veterans (SSV) on Monday to aid in transitioning Veterans to meaningful post-military careers.
There are over 32,000 veterans in Madison County, 430,000 in Alabama, many of whom have disabilities. The unemployment rate for Veterans is over twice the national average, and severely disabled Veterans need significant training and assistance to find meaningful employment. Veterans’ physical and psychological injuries hamper finding work which directly leads to financial struggles.
Lockheed Martin, a member of the Huntsville community for almost 50 years, is proud to partner with SSV to support Veterans’ advocacy initiatives and long-term development and employee placement for Veterans. The Lockheed Martin-funded grant will enhance the SSV’s Workforce Community Blueprint Transition program, which provides resources for counseling, coaching, job transition and assistance in obtaining Veterans Administration (VA) benefits.
“The selfless service of America’s military provides the freedoms each of us enjoys every day. At Lockheed Martin, we are committed to providing Veterans opportunities when they no longer wear the uniform,” said Joanne Maguire, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. “This partnership with Still Serving Veterans is an example of how we continue to support and honor the sacrifices and service of our Veteran population during their transition from military service.
SSV’s focus is on empowering Veterans and their families by helping them reintegrate into the workforce and community after their service to our country. “Education, stable and fulfilling employment, and access to healthcare services empower our nation’s service members and their families to successfully reintegrate into civilian life and lead enriching lives,” said SSV President COL(R) Will Webb. “Our hero Veterans have done noble things in treacherous places on our behalf. After their sacrifices, a meaningful new career is the best ‘thank you’ we can give them and their families. This partnership with Lockheed Martin will help to achieve these successes thru workforce transition assistance for our community.”
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.
Founded in 2006, Still Serving Veterans’ (SSV’s) mission is to empower Veterans, including wounded warriors and their families, by helping them reintegrate into the workforce and community. Services include outreach and education, individual case management, referral to mental health counseling with a focus in PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI), long-term career development and employment placement, financial planning, and help securing VA benefits. SSV works with Veteran businesses and coordinates employment opportunities with the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) in Madison County and in all of Alabama.
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