Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa gave the keynote address today at the Military Pathways Summit in Washington, D.C.
“It is important for us to help our military service men and women transition from active military status to the civilian world,” Hoffa said. “Our programs with the Army and Marines ensure that men and women with truck driving experience earn their CDL before mustering out. There are many other areas where we can transition their military experience to the civilian world – from health care to pilots and mechanics. They have the experience.”
The Military Pathways Summit included representatives from the Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, private sector companies, nonprofits and unions to discuss ways to support career pathways and employment transitions for service men and women, veterans and their spouses.
The goal of the meeting is to emerge with an action plan for how public-private partners can work together more effectively to ensure all veterans can access opportunity in the new economy.
“Nearly 10,000 service men and women leave the military each week. These men and women are the heart and soul of our nation,” Hoffa said. “They’ve put their lives on the line for our great country. We must do everything we can to ensure that their transition to civilian life is smooth and that there are good jobs for them.”