Two quick items related to Veteran’s day:

There are lots of worthy charities related to Veterans, but one my office has been involved with has been Caddy for a Cure: For a gift of $5,000 and up, an avid golfer can spend some  the day caddying for one of the world’s best golfers at an official PGA TOUR tournament. (previously mentioned here)

The guys I know who did this lost their minds, saying it was the greatest experience on a golf course they ever had.

The military vet aspect of this is a program called Birdies for the Brave.

I am not a golfer, but I know that many people who read this site are, and may want to participate in a related charity that goes to Veterans.  And, the best part of this is (according to Caddy for a Cure’s website) 100% of the proceeds goes to charity.


After the jump, Jon Stewart explains  why Economic Reintegration for Veterans is so challenging  . . . and what can done to fix that.



Returning military veterans face obstacles in the private sector job certification process and the United States Senate.

World of Warshaft

Two former Iraq War combat medics explain the difficulties of turning military experience into gainful civilian employment.

Economic Reintegration for Veterans

Category: War/Defense

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2 Responses to “Veteran’s Day Charity; Reintegration”

  1. ilsm says:

    It is not so simple. DoL labor codes do not translate to military occupational specialties.

    Aircraft and engine mechanics; the military does not train or demand the basic skills and knowledge that FAA certified mechanics need.

    To get an A&P license a military trained mechanic essentially starts from scratch.

    This is driven by the complexity of military recruiting, and getting the soldiers with aptitudes for mchanic training. The military as a result builds technical manuals and quality control processes to allow lesser qualified technicians to maintain their aircraft, or other complex systems. Recently the complexity and cost of Tech Manuals has resulted in hiring the manufacturers to send specially trained mechanics, experienced and connected with the design engineers, further reducing the need to deeply train military mechanics.

    Some of this is cost benefit, some from cost overruns taking support engineering to pay other things and some is revenues for the industry from maintaining things.

    One bright spot is that DoD’s maintenance contractors hire vets, but the demand is a small fraction of the soldiers ending enlistments.