The Veterans and Employers Connection (“the Connection”) is a community alliance, led by Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley, dedicated to the meaningful, long-term employment of veterans. The Connection provides Veterans with job search and preparation support, as well as assists employers in recognizing the value of hiring veterans.

The Miami Valley Goodwill Easter Seals held a community event April 28, 2015 to recognize the Connection’s founding members and kickoff their Champion 5000 initiative to find jobs for 5,000 veterans by 2020.

Mr. Robert A. Fritschie, CEO, Tridec Technologies received a Founding Member award from Ms. Erin Henry, Member of the Executive Steering Committee for the Veterans and Employers Connection.

Mr. Robert A. Fritschie receiving Founding Member award from Ms. Erin Henry, Connection Executive Steering Committee

Congressman Mike Turner, R-Dayton addressed the attendees as the event’s keynote speaker. “For many, the transition back to civilian life is not an easy task and the wounds of war are not easily forgotten,” U.S. Rep. Mike Turner told attendees. “Often, veteran applicants are accidentally overlooked … because employers do not necessarily know how to access the resources available to find a veteran candidate.”

Mr. Joe Smith, Tridec’s Director of Human Resources and Programs also spoke during the event. He addressed Veterans’ challenges as they transition from military service.

Referring to research conducted by and the Society for Human Resource Management, Joe said the number one challenge for Vets lies in being able to communicate their military skills in a way that employers can understand and utilize those skills. Over 71% of surveyed veterans believe hiring managers do not understand their skills and experiences.

Joe also explained three areas the Connection provides support to Veterans to overcome communication challenges. The Connection provides transitioning Veterans assistance with writing resumes, preparing for interviews and developing networking skills.

Tridec Technologies is proud of our Veterans and glad to provide transition support!