UA VIP provides military members a direct path to union careers

United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program Administrator and Training Specialist Mike Hazard joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the benefits of the UA VIP program and how it provides members of the military with a chance for a direct path to a union career as a piping industry tradesman or tradeswoman. Continue reading

Veterans make ideal candidates for Insulators Union apprenticeships

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers General President Gregory T. Revard joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how veterans can take advantage of the opportunities presented through registered apprenticeship training programs. Continue reading

Operation Union Veterans Day celebrates opportunities for veterans

Will Attig, an Iraq War veteran and Executive Director of the Union Veterans Council, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Operation Union Veterans Day, the Council’s campaign to tell the story about the role veterans and military families play in the American labor movement throughout the month of November. Continue reading

American Legion compares NSC-68 to challenges with modern day China

American Legion Director of the Media & Communications Jeff Stoffer, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the November issue of The American Legion Magazine.

He spoke about an article on the NSC-68 Report issued in 1950 that outlined the nation’s approach to the post-World War II spread of communism and how those same lessons can be applied today. He also discussed an article detailing the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as its 100th anniversary is Nov. 11. Continue reading

American Legion: Afghanistan veterans need support, understanding and healing

The recent withdrawl of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has left the country in ruins as the U.S.-supported government and army surrendered to the Taliban.

Jeffrey Stoffer, American Legion Director of Media and Communications, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why he feels the efforts of Afghanistan and post-9-11 veterans ultimately kept America safe from terror — and where struggling veterans can turn to get help during this difficult time. Continue reading

Transferring skills from the military to the civilian workforce

Many military service personnel struggle to adjust to civilian life after they complete their time in the service. Finding a career where their skills are transferable can be difficult, but the work ethic of veterans often makes them great employees.

An article in the upcoming American Legion Magazine will discuss transferable skills and finding civilian employment after leaving the service. American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer joined the AWF Union Podcast to preview this story and another about the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Continue reading

Protecting missions, boosting unity through military code names

Militaries around the world have used code names for missions and other activities for over a century. The reasons vary from mission secrecy to unification and mission vision.

The American Legion will highlight the history of military code naming in their June magazine. American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer joined AWF Union Podcast to preview this story and discuss treatment of military interpreters and veteran suicide. Continue reading

UA VIP Program helps transitioning service members begin careers

While some veterans struggle to transition into meaningful careers, the United Association is working to help prepare active-duty transitioning military service members for a career in the pipe trades.

This Memorial Day, UA Veterans in Piping Program Administrator Mike Hazard joined the AWF Union Podcast to detail the VIP Program, explain how it helps service members transition back to civilian life and more. Continue reading

Union jobs help struggling veterans make the transition back to civilian life

While Memorial Day is a great time to reflect on military service members lost while serving, it is just as important to remember those who lost their battle upon returning home.

Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast for a special Memorial Day episode. He spoke about his experience in the military, transitioning into civilian life and more. Continue reading