VET Foundation Launches Enhanced Transition Support for Returning Vets - COMPASS Program a Proactive Solution to Veteran Unemployment

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The Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Foundation launched a new major career development program for disabled veterans returning from combat. Partnering with adventure camp, Outdoor Odyssey, the two nonprofit organizations will host the COMPASS Transition Program April 20-25, 2009. The five-day retreat brings together industry professionals, academics and subject matter experts to assist injured servicemen and women seeking employment in the civilian sector.

With an economy in recession and more civilians out of work, we strive to furnish our participants with the tools, confidence and personal support they need to compete in a challenging marketplace. These men and women have made significant sacrifices to protect our country, and the COMPASS curriculum is designed to get them back on their feet.

The Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Foundation today announced a new major opportunity within its career development program for disabled veterans returning from combat. Partnering with adventure camp, Outdoor Odyssey, the two nonprofit organizations will host the COMPASS Transition Program April 20-25, 2009. The five-day retreat brings together industry professionals, academics and subject matter experts to assist injured servicemen and women seeking employment in the civilian sector.

"Veterans coming home with physical and psychological limitations need assistance with their transition back to civilian life and employment. Our organization is committed to providing the help they deserve," said Chris Hadsall, VET Foundation Founder and Executive Director.

Throughout the week, professionals volunteer their expertise to help attendees set personal and professional goals, translate military skills into civilian speak, and conduct practice job interviews. Participants also network directly with hiring decision makers from military-friendly companies. Educational topics include entrepreneurship, resume building and leveraging the Internet during the job hunt. Additionally, each attendee partners with a dedicated sponsor that successfully transitioned out of the military.

Founded in 2006, the VET Foundation program has evolved to cover topics beyond employment. Experts discuss emotional health, fitness and nutrition, spirituality, social involvement, managing budgets and handling stress. Special events and team building exercises including high ropes courses and rock climbing are scheduled daily.

COMPASS is provided to qualifying veterans free of charge.

"The veteran population we serve represents the highest rate of unemployment in this country," said Hadsall. "With an economy in recession and more civilians out of work, we strive to furnish our participants with the tools, confidence and personal support they need to compete in a challenging marketplace. These men and women have made significant sacrifices to protect our country, and the COMPASS curriculum is designed to get them back on their feet."

Before departure, attendees will reflect on 9/11 at the Flight 93 Temporary National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

About Outdoor Odyssey
Outdoor Odyssey is a multi-faceted nonprofit corporation founded in 1998 and located in Boswell, Pennsylvania. Its primary mission is to serve area youth with a mentor and provide these teams with a unique wilderness experience at its 500-acre Laurel Highland camp. Outdoor Odyssey incorporates leadership skills, high adventure, and team building into a week-long curriculum that sets the stage for a year of follow on activity between mentors and their teams. Visit http://www.outdoorodyssey.org to learn more about their programs.

About the VET Foundation
The Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Foundation is an IRS approved 501 (c)3 nonprofit corporation. The COMPASS Transition Program provides 360 degree military-to-civilian transition support for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The all-expenses-paid workshop is offered to qualifying service disabled (30% or higher rated by the VA) warriors from all branches of the armed forces. The program offers comprehensive employment resources and emphasizes the importance of mental, emotional, physical, social, financial and spiritual well being. The key components of the program include the creation of a 12-month personal development plan, partnering with a dedicated sponsor, extensive education and networking with hiring decision makers from military-friendly companies.

For more information on the VET Foundation and the COMPASS Transition Program, visit http://www.vetfoundation.org.

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