U.S. Marine Corps Veterans salute during the 5th Marines Vietnam War Memorial unveiling ceremony in the Camp San Mateo Memorial Garden at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 28, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Rhita Daniel)
California's high cost of living makes it a difficult place for retired military service members to settle down, according to an annual report by financial services website WalletHub.
California — home to the largest number of active-duty troops in the nation — fares poorly in the survey when it comes to affordable housing, homelessness and the proportion of of businesses in the state that are owned by veterans.
Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran atFedEx Ground. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, FedEx Ground is a client of HirePurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.
Throughout their military service, veterans gain unique skills that often do not relate to the civilian world. During his 20-plus years in the Army, Andrew Loeb grew as a soldier and built his military resume. When he was ready to enter the civilian world, he was unclear how his military experience would be received.
Luckily for Loeb, he found his way to FedEx Ground, where he is using his military background to support the company mission.
Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran atAbbott. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, Abbott is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.
Leaving military service is a daunting task. For Desert Storm veteran Ronald Burke, that was certainly the case. However, Burke managed to ease the process by finding a company that allowed him to continue his passion – helping others. That connection gave clarity and purpose to his transition from the Army to working for Abbott Laboratories.
Army veterans Jerry Peavey (left) and Steven Escobar (right)
Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran atFifth Third Bank. Committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace, Fifth Third Bank is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more here.
Army veterans Steven Escobar and Jerry Peavey never imagined their years as infantrymen would lead to work in the banking industry. After serving their country, both wanted to take their civilian lives in a new direction. Upon landing at Fifth Third Bank, Escobar and Peavey found professional opportunities that have culminated in successful careers.
The U.S. Army is launching a new merit-based promotion system for enlisted personnel that will reward qualified soldiers with more rank but also force "subpar" sergeants out of the service if they fail to meet the new standards.
Some people learn to love the jobs they have; some spend years searching for the perfect one. For some, it all comes together without even trying. For Travis Johnson, a Master Sergeant in the Louisiana National Guard, it was the latter. His civilian job and his National Guard job both bring him incredible joy and fulfillment.