The Schultz Family Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, has announced the launch of Onward to Opportunity, a multiyear initiative that aims to pair veterans with industry-specific trainings, certifications, and job placement services.
Designed to complement the military-learned skills and training that service members already receive, the program will receive at least $1.7 million in its first year from the Schultz Foundation to provide industry-specific trainings, certifications, and job placement services to veterans as they transition to civilian life. Service members who complete the program will be prepared for a job interview with the program's Fortune 500 corporate partners, including Microsoft and Starbucks.
As part of the initiative, corporate partners have committed to hiring veterans and their spouses and to sharing results and best practices in retaining them. Onward to Opportunity will launch nationwide on up to six bases this spring and is expected to serve as many as ten thousand service members and spouses in its first year.
"Our service members are dedicated and resilient leaders who have answered their country's call to serve," said Schultz Foundation co-founder and Starbucks chair and CEO Howard Schultz. "Every business in America should recognize the value that these men and women bring to our companies and communities: integrity, discipline, service, leadership, and a strong sense of mission."