Task force meets to ease transition for veterans

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The first workshop to help veterans gain access to services, licenses and credentials to ease their transition from military to civilian employment was held earlier this month.

The task force is charged with making Colorado the most military friendly state in the nation.

“In the service of our country, these men and women have developed skills and experiences that are valuable to civilian employers,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “The central question is: What needs to be done so they are credentialed for the education, training and experience gained in the military? How do we ensure that a service member who cared for soldiers in the battlefield is able to apply that toward a nursing license? How do we make sure that a service member who drove a convoy truck can apply that experience toward a commercial driver’s license?”

Because many agencies have already adopted measures to aid veterans, an emphasis was placed on aligning those efforts across sectors and industries. Improving networking opportunities for the existing resources and assets through greater communications is what’s needed, according to the task force.

The goal of the workshop is to bring greater awareness of the barriers facing veterans, develop inter-agency relations and provide an opportunity for individuals to establish measurable tasks to reduce barriers for veterans.