I am pleased to announce today our next grant of $250,000 to the Seal of Distinction-winning Easter Seals of Greater Washington-Baltimore Region. Based in Silver Spring, MD, the organization launched its Veteran Staffing Network in 2013 as a social enterprise to provide both temporary and permanent employment for veterans, National Guard members and Reservists. The program also works frequently with wounded warriors, offering support and career preparation for those at Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital.
With the help of 2014 Call of Duty Endowment funding, the Veteran Staffing Network plans to grow substantially. Expansion will allow the organization to match skilled veterans with career opportunities throughout the country using its social enterprise approach – building bridges between veterans and employers, creating infrastructure to help each succeed, and addressing barriers to veterans employment.
With Endowment funding and the Easter Seals network as a mechanism for expansion, Veteran Staffing Network can make significant strides in 2014.