SSV Welcomes New Workforce Development Manager

Linda - Color - WebThis week marked the first week with our new Workforce Development Manager, Linda Blankenship. Linda is replacing Mitch Williams, who recently moved on to a job with the VA. Still Serving Veterans is excited to have Linda join the team and feel that her experience and history makes her a great match – a Vietnam Veteran herself, she also has been serving Veterans for the past 40 years.

Linda Blankenship of Rogersville, Alabama joined the Women’s Army Corps graduating basic training at FT. McClellan, Alabama in 1973. She served as a Medic at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas during the Vietnam War caring for soldiers who suffered from severe burns, amputated limbs, and painful long term injuries. While serving in the military Linda completed a degree in Adult Vocational Education Studies – Healthcare Careers.

Linda is a life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). She serves on the national board and the following committees; Women Veterans Issues, Homeless Veterans, and Healthcare. She is a past secretary and board member of the Alabama State Council and Chapter 511 (VVA). Linda was awarded Veteran of the Year for Chapter 511 in 2013 and the Sharon Boyers award from the Alabama State Council in 2010.

Linda has served our community as a Veterans Upward Bound Educational Advisor and facilitator of the Veterans Job Club. This past September marked Linda’s 40thyear of service to our Veterans. Linda is dedicated to serving our Veterans and their families. She looks forward to her new assignment as the Workforce Development Manager and her continued mission – assisting our Veterans.

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3 thoughts on “SSV Welcomes New Workforce Development Manager

  1. THE ANCIENT LIBRARIAN December 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your new assignment!

    I am a Veteran of the Women’s Army Corp, as well. I graduated from Fort McClellan, Alabama in 1977, and was deployed to Seoul, South Korea. After the military, I became a legal secretary, and worked for various law firms for 27 years. However, I’ve been unemployed off and on, since 2008. Presently, my savings and unemployment have been depleted, and after living in Los Angeles for 27 years, I’m packing to return to my home State of Texas.

    Recently, I worked with a resume coach from VA for Vets to reconstruct my resume to conform to Federal job resume standards.

    Do you have any suggestions in terms of employment opportunities for Veterans?

    Thank you!

    • stillservingveterans December 23, 2013 at 8:51 am Reply

      First of all thank you for your service. Many women do not want to identify that they even served in the military. Do you have family in Texas? It is hard to relocate when you do not have a support team to help you.

      If you can email your contact info to Tom, the Workforce Development Associate , at tarmstrong@stillservingveterans.org, he will let you know about becoming a client. Or you can call (256) 883-7035 and ask for Linda or Tom.

      All of our services are totally free. We just need you to be a client to receive services. Please call us, we are based in Alabama but can serve you no matter where you are.

      We look forward to meeting you!

      • THE ANCIENT LIBRARIAN December 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

        Thank you for responding so promptly.

        I served in the military in 1977, and until now, do not speak of it to civilians. Presently, my friends, nor ex-boyfriends, do not know, and I do not mention it to employers.

        Yes, I have a support team in Texas. When I moved to Los Angeles, 27 years ago, I did not, and it’s been very challenging.

        I will be returning to Houston, Texas, and have worked with VA for Vets, a coaching service to create a Federal resume. However, I worked as a legal secretary for 27 years in Los Angeles.

        Thank you for the referral, and I look forward to working with Workforce Development Associate.

        Thank you, again.

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