The Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Army will cooperate to better connect military men and women entering civilian workforce with Missouri businesses offering apprenticeships that could lead to full-time employment.

Gov. Eric Greitens and Major General Kent Savre, Commanding General, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood signed an important Memorandum of Agreement outlining a workforce initiative for service members and their spouses.

Under the new agreement, the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Army will cooperate to better connect military men and women entering civilian workforce with Missouri businesses offering apprenticeships that could lead to full-time employment.

The signing of the agreement was part of Military Appreciation Day, hosted by the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC). Military Appreciation Day is meant to recognize contributions of Military Service Members and focus on the significant impact of Military in the State of Missouri.  Returning veterans, service members, and their spouses were recognized not only for their service to the nation, but also for the contributions they make to Missouri’s economy and workforce. 

DWD) works to recruit Missouri employers to assist with individuals transitioning out of the military. The Show-Me Heroes initiative, which began as a cooperative effort between the Missouri Army National Guard and DWD, focuses on the training, education, and skills of returning veterans to help them connect with Missouri employers seeking to utilize veterans’ skills and talents in the civilian workforce.

Greitens said, on Facebook, about the agreement, "Today, on Missouri’s Military Appreciation Day, we launched a new program to help returning veterans find quality jobs. We’re working with businesses and community leaders all over the state to help members of our military get placed in apprenticeships, so that when they come home, they can find great work."

"I’ve seen the tremendous impact that a job can have on a veteran coming home. Too often, men and women who have served their country return home and can’t find quality jobs—even though they have the skills that so many jobs require. We’re going to fix that, and I’m proud that our state is committed to becoming the best in the country for veterans and jobs."

According to MMPEC, DWD will be the vehicle to recruit Missouri employers to be part of a four-month internship program before eligible Service Members transition out of the military.

Fort Leonard Wood Army’s Career Skills Program (CSP) will refer candidates within six months of release from active duty and send them to the Missouri Job Center in Fort Leonard Wood where they will be enrolled in an internship program with a participating employer. The career center will help them build a resume, prepare for interviews and decide what type of industry they would like to join.

DWD said, in a press release about the agreement, "By creating strong relationships with over 5,100 Missouri employers, and coordinating efforts with Veterans Service Organizations, DWD Veteran’s Representatives have worked tirelessly to assist veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce.  To date, more than 8,480 have been hired by Show-Me Heroes employers, proving that Missouri hires its veterans."

Veterans, service members, or their spouses in need of employment assistance can visit one of the 31 Missouri Job Centers throughout Missouri and receive Veteran’s Employment Services.  For more information about no cost job matching, workshops, training opportunities, and employment related services, visit jobs.mo.gov