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COESGR Newsletter January 2012

COESGR Newsletter January 2012

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Published by James Garrett
Monthly Colorado Support of the Guard and Reserve newsletter. Feature article is on the Colorado National Guard employment initiative.
Monthly Colorado Support of the Guard and Reserve newsletter. Feature article is on the Colorado National Guard employment initiative.

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January 2012
 
Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that Welcome to Colorado ESGR. Our purpose is to have an informative newsletter that will educate, inform, and promote service by and to ESGR while fulfilling our missionwill educate, inform, and promote service by and to ESGR while fulfilling our missionwill educate, inform, and promote service by and to ESGR while fulfilling our missionof supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, and COESGR Volunteers.of supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, and COESGR Volunteers.of supporting Employers, Guard/Reserve members, and COESGR Volunteers. 
Inside this Issue
 
H2H Heroes…...………………...3
 
 
Fact Sheet
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WOTC Tax Credits....5
 
Awards……...…..…..…...….…...6
 
USERRA Q & A.……..…..………..7
 
 
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 Attention Guard and Reservists! 
 
The 2012 Freedom AwardNomination Season isopen! Don’t Delay!!Nominate byJanuary 16th.
 
Does your civilian employer provide exceptional support for your military service?Nominate them for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.Accepting nominations until January 16, 2012.
Click here to submit your nomination!
Forward thinking by the Colorado Army National Guard along with aconcerted effort from ESGR leadership and the Department of Labor is leading to the development of a program to help ColoradoNational Guard members returning from long deployments in Iraqand Afghanistan.The Colorado National Guard’s employment initiative, supported bythe Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) andColorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)Volunteers, is aimed at identifying and assisting those returningNational Guard members who do not have jobs to come home to or are seeking new employment on their return.
 
COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD LEADINGTHE WAY IN HELPING THEIR GUARDSMENFIND EMPLOYMENT
 
Colorado National Guard troops serving on deployment in Afghanistan
 
 
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The first National Guard unit to participate in this concerted and coordinated effort is the 928
th
 Area Medical Support Company* and their some 75 members, who have recently returnedhome after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. Soldiers in that unit completedquestionnaires about their employment status before returning home and Colorado NationalGuard Family Programs personnel reviewed the forms to identify those members who will needpersonalized assistance with employment upon their return.
 
To help those National Guardsmen that need assistance, arrangements were made for thereturning soldiers to attend aTransition Assistance Program before they arrived in Colorado. Meanwhile, after compiling the necessary information from each Guardsman, the data is beingsorted and distributed to those employers who are looking for employees with those skill setsand experience.
 
The next step will be at the unit’s 30 day Yellow Ribbon event, a post
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mobilization event for theunit, where employers looking for those types of employees will be invited to come to meet, talk,and interview those soldiers they may be interested in hiring. During this period of time fromtheir arrival back in Colorado and the first Yellow Ribbon event, CDLE counselors and ESGRVolunteers will be available to any of those 75 Guardsmen who request help in such things aspreparing or improving their resume, receiving information on where jobs are located, how toprepare for a job interview, and to answer any questions concerning employment from thesereturning citizen soldiers.
 
“It is an ambitious program”,
stated Brigadier General Robert K.Balster, the Land Component Commander 
, “but we owe it to theseGuardsmen to give them the one on one help and support for finding employment.” 
His words and commitment are echoed by Major GeneralEdwards, Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard and Brigadier General Dana Capozzella, Commander, Colorado Army National Guardas well as ESGR, CDLE and our Colorado National Guard’s YellowRibbon team. All of these diverse organizations are committed and areworking hard together to make this program work.
 
Dick Young, State Chairman of ESGR, thanked Elaine Edon and theCDLE team for their strong support for this effort and her confirmation that
“Governor Hickenlooper is pushing to make Colorado the most veteran friendly state inthe Union, and I know he is most anxious that our returning warriors get the help they need to get back employed.” 
 
If you are an employer in the medical/health field and are looking for some excellent trained andexperienced medical technician types, please send an e
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mail to Dick Young, Colorado’s ESGRState Chair, atdickyoung123@gmail.com.He will assist you in contacting the organizers of this employment effort, and thank you for helping our returning National Guardsmen.
 
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* The 928th ASMC is composed of Montrose and DeltaCounty soldiers. They provide corps
level medical services, emergency treatments, they treat sick 
call incidences and ground evacuations by ambulance. Thegroup is composed of local physicians, Registered Nurses, Physician’s Assistants, along with cooks,mechanics and radio operators.
 
BG Robert K. Balster 
 
 
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H2H. jobs is a powerful,comprehensiveemploymentprogram with a powerful job searchsite and onlinecommunitythat is 100%fr ee for veteans, servicemembers and employes.It contains ever ything a job seeker needs tofinda job including job listings, car eer exploration tools, educa- tionand training esources,adviceand tips,and networ king opportunities.Thegoal of the H2H pr ogam isto reducethenumber of Reserve Componentservice member s whoar eunemployed byhelpingthem f ind jobs.Additionally, H2H.jobs gives militay
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friendlycompanies access toser- vice members andallows them to post job openings,searchor candidates and invite them to ap- ply,and participate in hiringevents
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 all free of cost. H2H will provide thefollowingopportunitiesfor jobseeker s andemployers:
 
40 job fairs aound the country sponsor ed bythe YellowRibbon Reintegr ationProgr am.
 
• A
large H2H booth manned by H2H YellowRibbonor State ESGRCommittee r epresentatives.
 
Ten largeiPad kiosks will be placed around eachevent to provideaconvenientway for  attendeesto sign up for the H2Hprogram.
 
Job seeker s will have
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access toat least 30H2H sponsoed Vir tual Career Fairs (www.veteranscareerfair.com)provided specifically for military service memberswhere they can sear ch for jobs and learn more about militar y
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riendly companies whoar ehiring.
 
H2H is well positioned tosuccessfullyassistunemployed Reserve Component sevice membersreceivingunemployment benef itswith job placement services.Throughan electonic job andcareer platform,mobile applications,social mediaintegration, virtualand physicalcaeer fair s, and a national mar keting and management effort,this progam can reducethestress and financial hardshipson unemployed RC servicemembesand their  families as well as reduce theDepartment of Defense'sunemployment costs. More information onH2H willbedisseminated as theDecember 16th r elease date getsclose.
 Today!
 

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