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Employment Pillar

The Employment Pillar mission is to prepare Veterans and their families for a successful transition by connecting them with Veteran friendly employers and resources in Atlanta.

 

Vocational Services program through the V.A. works to provide customer service to employers and vocational service providers who can help develop the VVS program offerings, often for those with a substantial interruption in work history and significant barriers to reentering the workforce.

Atlanta, Georgia Point of Contact: Tracy Roberts tracy.roberts3@va.gov

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Employment Resources

A division of the Military Family Support Branch of the Georgia National Guard (GA NG), is a free employment assistance program that prepares and connects Georgia National Guard members, transitioning Service Members, Veterans, Reservists, and Spouses in the state with employment and education opportunities.

Provides free employment services to thousands of transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses every year, and it’s the leading veteran service organization specifically targeting the issues of underemployment and unemployment among veterans. Hire Heroes USA’s personalized services include resume, networking and interview assistance, federal sector help, mock interviews, job sourcing, virtual workshops, virtual career fairs, and an exclusive job board.

Program provides services to assist in reintegrating Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness into employment opportunities within the workforce.

The State of Georgia’s veteran and transitioning service member employment initiative.  This program serves two roles:  to connect currentand former service members with the workforce system, and to connect Georgia businesses with this highly skilled workforce.  This is accomplished through the Operation:  Workforce website which hosts a job portal and provides access to resources.  And also through partnerships with installations, chambers of commerce, higher educations, non-profits, and veteran centric groups.

The mission of Goodwill of North Georgia is to put people to work. Last year, we helped connect more than 24,000 North Georgians with jobs. Our 60 stores and 58 donation centers generate revenue to help fund job training and placement programs. When you shop, or donate, you are helping us put people to work.

Employment Pillar Directors

Mark Lee is U.S. Navy veteran with a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Alabama Birmingham.  He possess over 10 years of successful experience providing critical leadership and direction in alignment with advancing an agencies mission and purpose.

Most recently, as the Veterans Services Lead at Georgia’s Workforce Division (WFD), Has been engaged at managing and directing comprehensive workforce services to veterans statewide.  In this role, he fosters relationships with installations and veterans to support long-term, comprehensive services for veterans and their families.  He fosters partnerships with key stakeholders and other relevant organizations, including Federal agencies.  Relatedly, within WFD he worked closely with its Advisory Board and successfully managed a grant program for the skilled trades, including spearheading its brand development.

Equally as important, during his varied roles within the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), he worked across all functional units to address service gaps and successfully manage the operations of a statewide human service initiative focused on men and their unique needs.  Here, he was responsible for significant outreach as well as monitoring and reporting of program outcomes.

Mark enjoys fishing and traveling.  He and his wife Gloria currently live in Conyers they have two children Mark II is currently on active duty United States Navy, his daughter Addeleen recently received her BSRN.

 

HOLLY BEST is a Veteran Employment Coordinator at Work for Warriors Georgia. She counsels and mentors Service Members, Veterans and Spouses during their transition into civilian careers. She has been working in the Transitioning Veterans field for 5 years with various programs throughout Texas, Nevada and now Georgia.

Holly co-founded the Job Club of Reno for the Homeless Veterans and co-chaired the Carson City Veteran Community Council, a collaboration of Veteran friendly/affiliated organizations in the Carson City, Reno area.

More recently (in Atlanta) she started the Homelessness Among Veterans Initiative with Hire Heroes USA, and was selected to lead and develop the Employment Pillar for VETLANTA with the mission is to make Atlanta a top destination for veterans.