Local TOPGUN Veteran Pilots ‘Military A List’ Program in Response to Rising Veteran Unemployment

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Military A-List will assist military personnel transitioning from the military to the private sector

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There is a huge disconnect on how to effectively address the growing problem of Veteran Unemployment. Military A List intends to bridge that gap.

Jeff Lay, a 24-year veteran of the United States Navy, United States Air Force, and Ohio Air National Guard, is currently in the process of creating a military “professional match-making” resource, called Military A List, which will assist military personnel transitioning from the military to the private sector. This program is being piloted in Cincinnati and will then roll out in targeted military-based cities nationwide.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current veteran unemployment rate is 9.2 percent – compared with 7.6 percent of non-veterans. Lay contends part of this staggering statistic derives from a lack of support and vital mentoring needed to appropriately place them in a career where they can thrive. Another large factor includes private enterprises hiring ex-military personnel without regard to their unique talents and individually learned skills and experiences. While this practice is motivated by patriotism and good will, says Lay, it does not provide long-term and fulfilling career opportunities for the individual or the hiring organization.

“In spite of corporate ‘promotions’ to hire local vets and President Obama’s recent efforts to overhaul the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), there is a huge disconnect on how to effectively address the growing problem of Veteran Unemployment,” said Lay. “Military A List intends to bridge that gap.”

Military A List will ensure that hard-earned skills and experiences are properly applied to the benefit of both the private sector and the military veteran. Lay plans for the program to work hand-in-hand with the TAP program and relieve the military of the burden of creating staffing and become an entirely new enterprise that depends on the bridged experience and knowledge of both successful military and private sector professionals. Ultimately, the program will provide a benefit and service that the military can offer through a third-party resource comprised of former career military personnel to the men and women who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to the service of their country.

Following the program's implementation in Cincinnati, Lay plans to roll the program out to select military-based cities nationwide. Such cities might include: Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH; Fort Knox Army Base, KY; Fort Bragg Army Base, NC; Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL; Fort Carson Army Base, Colorado Springs, CO; Naval Base, Newport News, VA; Washington, D.C.; Naval Air Station, San Diego, CA; Naval Base, Seattle, WA; Pearl Harbor Naval Air Station and Honolulu, HI.

For more information about Jeffery Lay or Military A List, contact Kim Sheridan at (513) 702-1777 or Dan O’Keeffe (513) 235-8638.

About Jeffery Lay
Jeffery Lay is a 24-year veteran of the United States Navy, United States Air Force, and Ohio Air National Guard. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he served a highly decorated military career flying the F-14 Tomcat and the F-16 Fighting Falcon in his nation's defense. An accomplished Mission Commander and graduate of the vaunted Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), he flew more than 50 combat missions, made over 400 carrier landings and accumulated over 3,500 flight hours during three combat deployments to Southwest Asia, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Persian Gulf. At the height of his military career, Jeff was diagnosed with an advanced form of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Told he would never fly again, he fought the disease with unspeakable courage, choosing to undergo an experimental form of chemotherapy. Poetically, Jeff beat cancer and returned to the cockpit on Veteran's Day, 1998. Today, Jeff is highly sought after for his expertise in aviation, business, finance and speaking. Recipient of the University of Cincinnati Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, he works with an exclusive list of clientele who appreciate his ability to see and manage risk in the most demanding, high performance environments. Raised in America's heartland, Jeff received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. His book titled TOPGUN on Wall Street with Patrick Robinson, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Lone Survivor, was released on May 1, 2012. For more information, visit: http://jefferylay.com/.

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