Guest Column | July 3, 2013

Called To Serve: This Is Your Opportunity To Make A Difference

By Michael George, CEO, Continuum

For many of us, Independence Day triggers visions of fireworks, baseball games and barbeques. But for military veterans transitioning to civilian life, “independence” has been more of a euphemism for unemployment recently. While the numbers are improving, roughly 7.3 percent of Gulf War-era II veterans remain jobless, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To help combat this discouraging situation, some channel companies have implemented veteran re-employment programs specifically for the IT industry. From training and education to financial assistance, technology leaders including Cisco Systems, Continuum, CompTIA, Ingram Micro, Microsoft and others, are enabling veterans to apply the skills learned during their service at high-paying civilian positions.