Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2012 – A combined effort by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the MacArthur Foundation to develop a system of digital badges could help veterans translate military training and experience into civilian jobs in a tough economy.
The VA Innovation Initiative is judging a contest for entrepreneurs to submit digital badges that veterans can use during a job search.
“The work our military servicemen and servicewomen do is highly specialized and requires specific technical training,” said veterans disability lawyer Jim Fausone with Legal Help for Veterans. “There is no way for a civilian employer or even a hiring manager to understand how that experience will translate into their workplace.”
The idea behind badges is to provide people a way to show their learning that has happened outside of a traditional classroom. They are envisioned to be a supplement to a resume that helps explain specialized computer skills, military experience or even online classes or museum and library experience.
“It is a smart move for the VA to get involved with the badges concept early to help veterans compete for jobs here in the U.S. when they come home,” Fausone said. “This project could truly bridge the gap between veterans with highly technical military skills and civilian employers who need those kind of employees.”
The VA’s “Badges for Vets” contest to find an entrepreneur to help develop the badge system for the military is wrapping up this spring. The contest has been narrowed to three finalists and the winner will be announced just after Labor Day, according to a press release from the VA.
James G. Fausone is a Veterans disability attorney and Veterans attorney with Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC. To learn more or to contact a Veterans disability attorney or Veterans attorney call 1.800.693.4800 or visit http://www.legalhelpforveterans.com.
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