Do you really want to thank veterans for their service?

Want to Know How You Can Really Thank Veterans for Their Service?

We all feel good when we see our soldiers and veterans treated with respect and appreciation – we see it at airports, in restaurants and once in a while, just as part of every day life. And it’s nice, right?  We all clap when they are in a group. We post patriotic images and hashtag #VeteransDay – and that is good. It is good to feel that appreciation and respect for our military service men and women.  But it falls short, because words, social media posts and applause are not going to make things right. They are not enough.


1. Spend your money with veteran-owned businesses.
Not sure where to find them? Here are some helpful links.

Note – Google has just released new tools for small businesses to designate themselves as veteran-owned so in coming weeks, you can also search for veteran-owned along with whatever you’re looking for to find options for your shopping, dining or services.

2. Hire veterans for jobs that make good use of their skills and experience.
Veterans make great employees. They are highly skilled, loyal and honest. Our military entrusted them with millions of dollars worth of equipment, trained them on some of the latest technology and instilled a work ethic that can be hard to match in the civilian candidate pool. Here are some resources to help you hire veterans.

  • Contact Military Accelerator 
    They help corporations develop a hiring strategy works with veterans to help develop their resume and interview skills.
  • WizeHire
    This vet-owned business offers a completely new process for hiring, They combine great online DIY tools with actual human recruiters at a low monthly fee that you can turn on and off as needed. Simply let your recruiter know that you’re interested in hiring veterans and they’ll prioritize candidates for you.
  • Department of Labor 
    The DOL provides a lot of information about the benefits of hiring veterans, not just the “feel good” kind but understanding the tax incentives, training options and more.

3. Make a donation to Transition Skills Training Inc.

Transition Skills Training is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works closely with Skills After Service and other groups to provide free access to training and education for veterans and their families as they make the difficult transition from military to civilian life. Every single penny goes toward ending Transition Stress, the number one challenge for veterans after they leave the military. Click here to make a donation in any amount.




Our Panel Was Selected for SXSW EDU 2020!

BIG NEWS: Our panel session “New Ideas in Education for Transitioning Veterans” was selected for SXSW EDU 2020! #AllInForVeterans We are very excited to feature some of the top voices in leadership, innovation and tech to take on the challenge of transition stress for veterans and their families. The session features Skills After Service Advisory Council members Starr Corbin, Col. Scott Mac Leod (ret) and Jay Niblick with Julie Niehoff facilitating the discussion. Please click to read session info, speaker bios and share the session on your own social media for us.

Session Description
The most common challenge for veterans who transition out of the military into civilian life is transition stress, much of it from an inability to find meaningful work that leverages the service members’ time and experience while in service to the country. Conversely, many employers express concern with limited candidate pools, seeking out quality workers with leadership skills. This panel will look at different ways to solve both issues with good training, tech innovation and growing awareness.

Welcome Annie Powell Director of Business Development

Skills After Service is pleased to announce that Annie Powell is now the company’s Director of Business Development. Annie will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and creating customized solutions for our partners; specifically for the company’s growing Local Biz Camp series now in 30 cities, veteran skills training programs, and HR leadership certifications. She will also play a key role in a national roll-out of the Transition Hub, a state-by-state portal for veterans and their families who are making the shift from military life to the civilian workforce.

“We are so grateful to have Annie on this team,” says CJ Niehoff, Founder and Managing Director of Skills After Service. “She has a great deal of experience and success in working with key organizations in the industries we are working with. In her first two months with us, she has already demonstrated her knowledge and ability to lead, increase reach, grow awareness, strengthening relationships and driving new business.  As we continue to grow and expand our capabilities in service to veterans, Annie has already proven her value to us and will continue to be a key resource for our partners and for our staff.” 

Annie brings over 25 years of management, business development and media relations experience to Skills After Service. She also brings personal experience as a founder and business owner to this role, an important factor as the company is highly engaged in providing guidance for veterans who want to start and grow their own businesses.  “I am over the moon to be joining Skills After Service,” says Powell. “My father fought in WW2. Participating in service to our American heroes is my way to honor him, and all of those who protect our country. Julie and CJ Niehoff are amazing creators and forces for good in this world, I am humbled to join them in this important mission.”