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Brevard Workforce shows vets some love

Ex-military step to front of employment services line

The expedited services to veterans include case management, skills assessment, career guidance and job search help.

"Anything that focuses attention on the plight of our returning service members is a big plus, and this new ‘Gold Card' program will at least grant express services and one-on-one attention for the vets," said Garren Cone, president of AVET Project, a veterans advocacy organization.

According to our news partners at Florida Today, The initiative is part of President Barack Obama's plan announced Aug. 5, 2011, to lower unemployment among veterans.
As of June, 1 million veterans were unemployed and the jobless rate for post-9/11 vets was 13.3 percent, administration officials said. The unemployment rate is believed higher in Brevard and Florida.

Tripp said veterans will have the right to step to the front of the line when seeking services through Brevard Workforce. Already, many inquiries have been made about the program.

"We have been receiving a number of requests," Tripp said. "I really do anticipate this having a great impact."