Members of the board of directors of Voices for America’s Troops (Voices) heard a presentation from the
U.S. Army’s Soldier for Life program at the
association’s July meeting. With the Army reducing its active duty force from
570,000 members to 490,000 by 2015 as a result of sequestration and other
budget cuts imposed by Congress, programs like Soldier for Life will be
critical for servicemembers as they readjust to civilian life.
The Soldier for Life program was established to connect Army,
government, and community efforts to facilitate the successful reintegration of
soldiers, retired soldiers, and veterans and their families into their communities
after their military service. This includes connecting them with employment
opportunities, education, and health care resources they will need.
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the parent
organization of Voices, currently is
assisting the program provide transition career services for reintegrating
military servicemembers. Organizations engaged in these efforts include the
White House’s Joining Forces initiative, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National
Association of Home Builders, state and local governments, and many others.
Read about this ongoing community-based program, and learn how you
might help in your community — or pass the link on to a servicemember or
military family friend.