Mission: Transition - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Mission: Transition

Posted: Updated:

There are more than 720,000 unemployed military veterans in the U.S. Home Depot Stores across the country put on training sessions Saturday to help U.S. Service Men and Women transition into the Civilian workforce. The sessions were aimed at helping them with their job search in any industry.

This is the first time Home Depot has put on Mission: Transition. The company employs more than 35-thousand veterans and active duty military. It wants to help veterans make the transition to the civilian workforce easier, whether it's working for Home Depot or for another company.

From combat to the workforce. "You're re-identifying yourself. It's a whole different world." Philip Lawrence spent five years in the Marine Corps, but making the transition from a military job to a civilian one hasn't been easy.

 "I was a military police officer, so do I want I want to go into law enforcement or into sales or try something new?" He decided to come to Home Depot's Career Assistance Program for U.S. Service men and women.

He and other veterans learned about job search strategies and tools helping those tackle the challenging job market.

"We want to look and try to help them transform from the military side of doing business to the civilian side of doing business." Former veteran and Home Depot Store Manager Jeff King understands the challenges of starting over again. "You're use to a lot of different terminology and way of life of doing things different."

A reason he helped guide these men through a different kind of training, civilian job training! Like taking military language and putting it into civilian terminology. "The marine corps and military in general, it's very rough, It's not always politically correct. It's in your face, in the civilian world it's more polite, you have to be more compassionate and understanding."

Lawrence also learned tactics for interviews and how to update his resume. Army veteran Ray McMillan works for Home Depot, but wanted to join the training session to lend his support and guidance. "Having been out of the military as long as I have, I know some of the problems people will face and I know some of things I learned that I took advantage of helped me and maybe I can help them."

The company has a new skills translator who can help translate and match an applicants unique military skills with positions that might offer the best fit.

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Man charged in funeral home theft

    Man charged in funeral home theft

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:34 GMT
    Jerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglaryJerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglary
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
  • Fridays to Go August 22 - 24

    Fridays to Go August 22 - 24

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:36:23 GMT
    Area events for the weekendMore >>
    Area events for the weekend
    More >>
  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:52 GMT
    It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.More >>
    Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Latest StoriesMore>>

  • Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

    Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:35:16 GMT
    Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit.More >>
    Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit.More >>
  • Alabama lands commitment from 4-star Joshua McMillon

    Alabama lands commitment from 4-star Joshua McMillon

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:33:06 GMT
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, who already have 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound player from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Ten. is the No. 217 player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. McMillon picked Alabama over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Michigan."Alabama, the name sticks out," McMillon said on the ESPN broadcast. "They're taking linebackers to t...More >>
    Alabama's recruiting class is getting crowded. Four-star linebacker Joshua McMillon committed to the Tide, who already have 21 verbal commitments for it's 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 239-pound player from Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Ten. is the No. 217 player in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. McMillon picked Alabama over offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and Michigan."Alabama, the name sticks out," McMillon said on the ESPN broadcast. "They're taking linebackers to t...More >>
  • Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt

    Firefighters still in hospital after ice stunt

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:16:16 GMT
    A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college...More >>
    Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."More >>
  • Man charged in funeral home theft

    Man charged in funeral home theft

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:38:34 GMT
    Jerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglaryJerry William Duke charged with two counts of third degree burglary
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
    A Shelby County man is in custody after police say he stole from the same funeral home twice. 32-year-old Jerry William Duke has been charged with two counts of third degree burglary. An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the funeral home in both instances.The two break ins occurred at the Midway Memory Gardens funeral home off of Alabama Highway 21 in Talladega County. Captain John McCoy with Talladega police confirm that Jerry Duke broke into the main building of the funeral home...More >>
  • Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night, August 21

    Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night, August 21

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:13:27 GMT
    Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night via the AHSAA:More >>
    Alabama high school football scores from Thursday night via the AHSAA:More >>
  • Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week: Walker at Pell City Aug. 22

    Friday Night Rivals Game of the Week: Walker at Pell City Aug. 22

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:41:00 GMT
    Friday Night Rivals kicks off the 2014 high school football season tonight in Pell City, where the Panthers will host the Walker Vikings in the Game of the Week.More >>
    Friday Night Rivals kicks off the 2014 high school football season tonight in Pell City, where the Panthers will host the Walker Vikings in the Game of the Week.
    More >>
  • Samford students move in

    Samford students move in

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:11:21 GMT
    700 freshmen move into their residence halls today at Samford. They will be greeted by volunteers and the Samford football team who will help them move all their stuff into their rooms.More >>
    700 freshmen move into their residence halls today at Samford. They will be greeted by volunteers and the Samford football team who will help them move all their stuff into their rooms.More >>
  • Fridays to Go August 22 - 24

    Fridays to Go August 22 - 24

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:36:23 GMT
    Area events for the weekendMore >>
    Area events for the weekend
    More >>