On Veterans Day, Goodwill Says “Thank You” By Putting Veterans to Work

The service and sacrifice of American veterans can be — and often is — sincerely acknowledged with a simple, “Thank You.” At Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth we know how important it is for veterans to hear those simple words. It’s also true that successfully returning to civilian life often requires more support than a gesture of gratitude can provide.

Veterans develop many skills during their military service, but women veterans experience higher unemployment and underemployment than other Americans when they leave the Armed Services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for women veterans who have served since September 2001 was 6.9 percent in September 2017. The overall jobless rate was 4 percent.

“Here at Goodwill, we work with veterans who are ready to serve their employers with the same honor and hard work they showed in serving our country,” said David Cox, president and CEO of Goodwill Fort Worth. “We are actively developing partnerships with local employers, enabling us to connect a skilled veteran workforce with in-demand jobs.”

Goodwill initiatives such as VetWorthy, equip veterans and military families with tools specifically designed to help them transition from service to meaningful employment, including skills training and résumé writing. In addition, advice on translating military skills to civilian applications has proven effective in putting veterans to work. In 2016 alone, Goodwill Fort Worth helped more than 185 veterans and 387 military family members obtain employment assistance here in our local community.

Join Goodwill this Veteran’s Day in recognizing the service and sacrifice of the more than 21 million Americans who have served our country as part of our Armed Services by helping them find meaningful work.

For more information, call 817-332-7866 x2071 and ask for the Veteran Services Department. You can also email us at veterans@goodwillfw.org.