Goodwill, Walmart Foundation Team Up to Help Veterans Find Jobs

Tacoma Goodwill is one of three Goodwill agencies in the country selected to participate in a pilot program to help military veterans find employment.

Funded by a $1 million grant from the Walmart Foundation and administered by Goodwill Industries International, Operation: GoodJobs assists veterans with job training and placement. It also lays the foundation for each participant’s continued success by designing individualized, holistic plans that encompass the needs of their entire families, helping ensure their long-term financial stability.

Tacoma Goodwill has hired Mike Tassin as veteran’s career navigator to lead the Operation: GoodJobs efforts here in the area. Tassin served as sergeant in the Army for eight years.

“I have been fortunate as a disabled veteran to experience a successful transition from military to civilian life,” he said. “I am passionate to serve veterans and their families in achieving their post military goals.”

As the military works to withdraw troops from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the need for a continuum of coordinated, integrated services for veterans and their families is at an all-time high. The challenging job market translates to an especially high unemployment for veterans, especially those ages 18 to 24, who face an unemployment rate of 20 percent — more than twice the national average.

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