Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) and Enable America, a non-profit organization working to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities, today announced a partnership to support employment initiatives for transitioning military members at Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Funded by a $38,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, Enable America will produce a series of VetConnect Job Skills Workshops for current military members who are working through Ft. Bragg's Wounded Transition Battalion to develop skills that enhance employment opportunities and integration into post-military life.
"Military veterans have incredible skills to offer North Carolina's workforce," said Paul Newton, Duke Energy's state president – North Carolina. "After the tremendous service these men and women provided, we're proud to connect them with resources for successful employment beyond their military careers."
"Duke Energy recognizes that the men and women who have sacrificed in the name of freedom are our most deserving citizens," said Richard Salem, Enable America founder and chairman. "We greatly appreciate the Duke Energy Foundation's support of our mission to help wounded warriors make a successful transition into the civilian workforce, and look forward to expanding that work through Ft. Bragg's Wounded Transition Battalion."
Through its VetConnect Job Skills Workshops, Enable America matches human resource professionals with disabled veterans and wounded warriors looking to improve skills needed to find meaningful employment. In both small group sessions and one-on-one meetings, participants receive career counseling, practice interview skills, review resumes and get expert advice that can better help them compete for jobs in a challenging economy.
Enable America launched its Ft. Bragg VetConnect program in 2012 and has continued the program at the request of the Wounded Transition Battalion. Duke Energy's donation provides a year of funding for the VetConnect program.