Maricopa County helps homeless, at-risk veterans with job, legal issues at StandDown

Workforce Connections, a program of Maricopa County’s Human Services Department, informed veterans about services that help them transition from military to civilian life at a recent event. (Courtesy of Maricopa County)

Workforce Connections, a program of Maricopa County’s Human Services Department, informed veterans about services that help them transition from military to civilian life at a recent event. (Courtesy of Maricopa County)

 

Maricopa County agencies were on hand to provide services and information to homeless and at-risk military veterans at the Maricopa County StandDown event on Jan. 29. It was held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

Workforce Connections, a program of Maricopa County’s Human Services Department, informed veterans about services that help them transition from military to civilian life, according to a press release.

“We owe veterans a lot for giving themselves freely for service of their country,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney, District 1, in the release. “Sadly, too many of them come home and have a hard time transitioning to civilian life. It is our duty to help them and make sure they have the tools to be successful in getting education, finding work, and returning to their lives.”

At the StandDown event, veterans received resume writing tips, such as “demilitarizing” their resumes for civilian employment.  For example, they were advised to translate military ranks (their job titles) to language more widely understood by non-military employers.

Maricopa County’s justice courts were also available to assist veterans with handling court issues. Justices of the peace and judges quashed warrants and ordered community service so veterans were able to have their driving privileges reinstated on the spot.

Click here to view a video from the StandDown.

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