Friday, September 1, 2017

Exploring and improving veteran outreach

Back row from left: Sam Woods, Partners HR; Wynder; Christine Cugini, MGH Development and MGH MVP communications director; Katherine Melanson, Partners HR; and William Davidson, Home Base Program director of Peer Outreach and Support. Front row from left: Steve Taranto, director of Human Resources; Miller; Denton and Furbush

Representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) recently visited the MGH to discuss ways of providing more resources for veterans, military communities and their families seeking employment. To encourage more companies to hire veterans and their families, representatives met with staff from MGH Human Resources, Partners Human Resources and the MGH Military Veteran Partners (MVP) Employee Resource Group.

The visitors included Ivan Denton, DOL director of the Office of National Programs; Matthew Miller, DOL VETS senior advisor, and Paul Furbush, DOL Regional Veterans’ Employment coordinator. 

“I’m excited about our potential partnership,” said Furbush. “The systems MGH has in place, in particular the Employee Resource Group, are a great start. The wheel is there, our hope at the DOL, is to connect those spokes to make it whole through resources, training and education.”

The visit included a discussion of veteran-related initiatives and strategies, lunch and a tour of the MGH.

“The goal of the meeting was to look more critically at what we do as an organization for our veterans through existing programs, and learn more about programs available through the Department of Labor,” said Angela Wynder, RN, president of MGH MVP and a veteran. “We want to employ more veterans and help transition their military experience into their civilian career.” 

For more information, visit www.veterans.gov.



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