On the same day that President Barrack Obama spoke at the Washington Navy Yard urging employers across the country to hire more veterans, Christy Arnett, restaurant/bar manager for the St. Francois County Country Club, was honored by the state of Missouri with the Flag of Freedom Award for doing that very thing. Arnett recently hired a U.S. military veteran through the “Show-Me Heroes” program offered by the Missouri Career Center in Park Hills, as well as others throughout the state.
Gov. Jay Nixon launched “Show-Me Heroes” in January 2010, to help Missouri’s veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve reconnect with meaningful careers; and to showcase Missouri employers who have pledged to do so.
At the time of the launching, Nixon said, “As Missourians, we all acknowledge the great burdens and sacrifice our armed forces and their families have made in order to preserve our national security. We also recognize how veterans and members of our National Guard and Reserve possess the degree of training, education, motivation, and character that will prove vital to Missouri’s economic future.”
In addition to the resources, tools, and links to provide veterans aid in their job search, the “Show-Me Heroes” website, at http://showmeheroes.mo.gov/default.aspx, lists the names of every employer who has pledged their support to the program. By clicking on a map of Missouri on the site, members of Missouri’s military community can see the employers in their region who have taken the pledge to hire veterans. In addition, using Missouri Career Source allows veterans to post their resume and employers to connect with veterans looking for a job.
The current state of unemployment in the United States is making it harder than ever for veterans to find a job after leaving the military. A study released on Friday shows that it is taking the unemployed 40 weeks or more on average to find another job. This is the longest waiting period for reemployment in this country since the 1940s.
While employers aren’t required to have current job vacancies to participate in the “Show-Me Heroes” program, Nixon has called on all Missouri employers to take the pledge to consider hiring a Missouri veteran whenever they have a job opening.
Jeanna Adams, Missouri Career Center veteran representative; and Missouri Economic Committee Coordinator Mike Campbell are glad to see that Parkland employers like Christy Arnett are stepping up to the plate to see that veterans have a chance to get a job.