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Veterans Transition Resources

Jacksonville, FL is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s most veteran friendly communities.  With three significant Naval stations operating in the region many service men and women choose Jacksonville as their permanent retirement or transition station yearly. 

Veterans make a huge impact and contribution to the quality and diversity of our local labor force.  Smart employers acknowledge and leverage this to infuse top talent to their employee base.  The most effective way for employers seeking to tap into the local veteran labor pool is to work directly with a variety of local high impact nonprofits dedicated to assisting veterans make the transition to a civilian workforce.  

High impact veteran nonprofits not only help the service members and their spouses with basic transition job search skills, i.e. resume writing, interview skills, etc.; they typically go beyond as centers of excellence, by incorporating extra services that are highly valuable to the candidate and employer such as, professional certifications.   High impact veteran nonprofits consistently incorporate and facilitate direct interactions between employers and student participants. 

SHRM Jacksonville and the workforce readiness committee are proud to partner with some of the best in class organization in this category.  As part of our commitment to veteran focused organizations, SHRM-Jax will routinely have a call for volunteers to who can give of their time or resources to enhance the mission of the organization and experience of the service members participating in these programs.  We encourage our members and their employers to support and leverage the relationships and partnerships already established.  We’ve done the hard work for you so you can tap into these organizations and leverage the services they provide.


The IVMF (Institute for Veterans and Military Families) at Syracuse University is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the post-service lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families. Supported by grants from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Schultz Family Foundation, Onward to Opportunity – formerly known as the Veterans Career Transition Program – utilizes an online learning platform to help active duty, selected reserve, veterans, and military spouses learn business, technology, and customer service skills to accomplish their personal and professional goals. Participants may choose to work towards one of the supported industry certifications administered by globally recognized organizations.  O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships, and comprehensive career coaching and employment services support to align program participants with civilian job opportunities.

  • Free opportunity that does not utilize educational benefits
  • Assistance preparing for recognized industry certification exams
  • Connection to veteran service organizations (VSOs) and private sector companies committed to hiring and training veterans and military spouses

The O2O program will fund one industry certification per participant, provided the individual completes the required coursework, practice exam requirements, and, if applicable, meets the certifying agency’s eligibility requirements.

  • Each participant is assigned an IVMF Advisor or Installation Coordinator to assist them as they navigate through the program.
  • Job seekers receive comprehensive career coaching services from Hire Heroes USA, while pursuing interview opportunities with industry leaders committed to hiring veterans and military spouses.
  • Participants receive non-credit certificates of completion from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University upon course completion

Your next set of orders will never arrive. 

What happens next? Where will you work? Who will you work with? How will you be successful there?

These are the questions every veteran is confronted with the day they leave the service. After years of certainty and clarity about how their career will develop, it is all suddenly gone the moment they take the uniform off for the last time.

Many veterans find that they are missing the skills needed to make the transition. They are confident in the experience, leadership, and value that they offer a company, but are unsure of how and where these things fit. Does this sound like you or someone you know?

You are not alone. Hundreds of veterans have found their new role in the business world through the training and support of Operation New Uniform.

Our comprehensive training program takes veterans through an in-depth process that starts with challenging old ways of thinking, having the right attitude, and providing the successful behaviors and refined techniques critical to an effective career search. The program escalates through practical application until the final lesson when each veteran stands before area human resource representatives and senior executives ready to apply their skills.

Enhancing the Uniform

The Enhancing the Uniform team is a group of professionals fully dedicated to mentoring veterans through the process of obtaining a career position after graduation from the Finding the Uniform program. And as a veteran’s career progresses, they’re ready and able to support other veterans along the way.

Mission Forward

Mission Forward is a comprehensive program that works with businesses to provide enhanced resources aimed at helping ONU alumni liaise within select organizations to identify opportunities that help them identify their desired careers goals post-graduation. Resources include volunteering, job shadowing, mentoring, internship opportunities and more.

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USO Transitions operation works with strategic partners to connect service members and military spouses to resources within these focus areas: employment, education, financial readiness, veterans’ benefits, housing, legal, family strength and wellness and volunteerism.

USO Transition Specialists can support service members up to 12 months prior to transition and extend that support for up to 12 months beyond their date of separation from the military through personalized, one-on-one support. Additionally, military spouses, National Guard, and reservists can receive support at any point during the service member’s career. With sites located across the country, the USO Pathfinder program connects people to resources and opportunities before they separate as well as at their point of destination.

Through the creation of an individualized action plan, Transition Specialists collaborate with individuals to identify their personal and professional goals and build a roadmap to achieving those goals, identifying services and resources that are the best fit for their needs and geographic location. In 2019, more than 10,000 action plans were completed by service members and spouses.

A Commitment to Hiring Veterans

Often, despite the best intentions, not all companies and their leadership team are ready to roll out a comprehensive veteran recruitment program.  For times when your commitment could use the guidance, resources, and partnership of organizations dedicated to educating your team on the strengths and value veterans bring to your labor force the following organization and programs can provide a helping hand.

SHRM Veterans at Work Certificate Program: 

Have you been working on launching a veteran focused talent acquisition strategy for your company but have been struggling with your confidence in knowledge and direction for the program?  The SHRM Veterans at Work Certificate Program may be the right solution for you.  The SHRM Foundation Veterans at Work Certificate is completely free and open to all. You do not need to be a SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to earn this certificate.  For SHRM certified professionals the program provides 10 CEUs towards your certification. 

Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR):

ESGR, is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. It also aids in resolving conflicts between the Service members and their employers.

With ESGR committees in each state, ESGR representatives are able to help employers forge a stronger bond between the company and the service members.  As part of the organizations work, there are employer recognition programs that help employers brand as military friendly employers.