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WHO WE ARE:  Veterans Transition Support (VTS) is an All-Volunteer  San Diego and Orange County California based 501(c)(3) Nonprofit created in 2014  to help active duty service members and veterans bridge the gap between military service and civilian life through job training and one-on-one mentoring in career development, education planning and obtaining veteran benefits to launch their next career and prevent veteran suicide, homelessness, unemployment, and family disintegration. The Veterans Transition Support “Military Transition Training Program” provides no cost professional certification courses and transition resource briefs at the Wounded Warrior Battalion on Camp Pendleton, in San Diego and in San Marcos. Partnerships with the Easter Seals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program and the VetCTAP veteran career management program ensures that all program participants who register for one-on-one assistance are provided with individualized employment support and assistance with resume writing, interviewing techniques, and networking at no cost to the veteran.

WHAT WE DO: 

Veterans Transition Support’s (VTS) mission is to bridge the gap between the civilian workforce and our transitioning military service members and veterans before they experience transition road-blocks. VTS ensures our military service members reintegrate back into civilian life and the civilian workforce into careers suitable for their level of military experience and economic sustainability. This is achieved by providing service members with effective tools to translate their military experience into recognizable civilian job skills, civilian certifications to transfer military experience into its civilian counterpart, identifying needed training to fill skill gaps and one on one mentoring in  four critical areas required to sustain a successful transition: Career Development, Cultural Adaptation, Obtaining VA Benefits and Education Planning. The VTS goal is to seamlessly transition all military personnel who enter the Veterans Transition Support program prior to leaving military service through individual mentoring, career management, counseling, and weekend and evening programs that close skill gaps and provide networking opportunities with civilian hiring managers.

WHY OUR WORK MATTERS: 

VTS has proven with our successful testimonies, that reaching out to Service-members BEFORE they leave the service gives them a higher chance of success and a small chance of failure.  Veterans Transition support fills the gaps often causing transition failures. We have proven that helping a Veteran BEFORE they fail by understanding the key areas that effect Veterans as they transition and focusing in Career Development, obtaining Veterans Benefits, Education Planning, and Cultural Adaptation in a one on one setting. We have proven that a Non profit can be fiscally responsible and meet the needs of a community and help those that depend on our help.

Client Story:

I promised you I’d write you a testimonial for your website, and as I sit here in my company paid for hotel bar, on my company paid for laptop, with my company paid for cell phone, sipping on a company paid for martini (per diem), I thought it was finally time to execute on my promise to you.

I’m an 11 year Marine Corps Veteran who served as both an enlisted man and an officer. My entire career has been in the logistics community. As I sat through the transition classes and the myriad of briefs offered on how to make 15 bucks an hour, I saw a link to your website and decided to look it up. An OSHA 10 hour card, 30 hour card, and a LEAN continuous improvement certificate later, I can say it’s worth it.

I started Russell’s class at a simple two or three hour course in which he taught process improvement. Immediately it clicked that I have been doing this same stuff for the last 11 years of my life… I just didn’t know how to translate this into civilian language. My last interview with company X had been a disaster. They asked basic stuff on process improvement… “What methods have you used to reduce cost and improve profits?” (Right answer: A3, Value Stream Mapping. My answer: uhhh common sense).

The next day with Company Y, I interviewed to be a maintenance manager. I changed my language to fit what they are accustomed to hearing. I did NOT change what I actually did or fabricate my story. What followed was incredible. A month later they invited me for an onsite interview. Armed with my recent OSHA 10 and 30 hour cards, I crushed the final interview. I was taken to dinner and was told they had more things in mind for me than maintenance manager. I now make $80k (from applied for position of mid $50k) and have a salary review in a few short months to enter the six figures. VTS made this possible. They also help with disability claims, trade certifications, etc. Don’t pass up a FREE opportunity that can turn your future into something incredible.

Semper Fi

Captain Kevin J.

USMC (Ret.)

 

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