Virginia Human Resources
Group Announces Employer-Veteran Assist Program
The Virginia Society for
Human Resources Management (VASHRM) announced it has established a Military
Liaison position with support from its' nineteen chapters across the state.
VASHRM's 4,500+ members represent employers of all sizes and in all industries
in the Commonwealth. The governing board, whose members include Chapter
Presidents, recently voted to create the position to specifically fill
the void in educating and encouraging employers to hire military service
members and their families.
The action was received with great enthusiasm and viewed as a means to
close a critical gap in the hiring of service members transitioning from
military service. It was noted that many employers overlook military service
because they fail to see the relevant skills in the individual who has
performed in a field that is not similar to their line of business. This
initiative will link partners across the state to educate members and
business leaders in an attempt to close the gap. Local chapters will also
expand the outreach to service members to meet other needs as identified.
Marcy Engle, President of VASHRM, said at the announcement; "We are pleased
with the enthusiastic response of our members who have pledged to see
that our returning service members receive a true and fair opportunity
to work and provide for their families. This effort, carried out by Human
Resource professionals across the Commonwealth, will create a win for
the service member, business and our economy in general."
"It is a great honor," she said, "to announce that Vikki
Ingram, Past President for the Shenandoah Valley Society
for Human Resource Management Chapter as the first VASHRM
Military Liaison. Vikki spent the first 10 years or her career
serving in the United States Air Force. Her late father retired from the
Air Force and she has 3 brothers who served in the Air Force, Army and
Navy. Vikki's husband retired after 26 years in the Fulltime Air National
Guard and her son is currently active duty Air Force. We look forward
to her leadership and the forging of new partnerships, such as those we
have the ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve) and others,
as we join forces to show our support of Virginia's military service members."
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