Florida has the nation’s third largest population of Veterans, with more than 1.5 million calling the Sunshine State home. With our state’s population expected to increase by 6 million residents by 2030, more private sector job creation will be needed as service members transition to civilian life.
Bobby Carbonell, Executive Director of Veterans Florida, recently shared his mission to connect Veterans and their families with employment, training and educational opportunities. “We were created to help fill gaps that the state identified in joining Veterans who want to work with businesses who are looking to hire Veterans. And the other mission we have is helping Veterans who are looking for a final place to move after their service find Florida is the number one Veteran-friendly state in the country.
Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the Florida Legislature in 2014. In addition to attracting veterans, the corporation and its partners are spearheading efforts to help business leaders translate military training in to needed skill-sets for future employees. “We will have new programs available to help educate businesses on how to read military resumes and how to look for Veterans. Just because the job title is unfamiliar doesn’t mean that person is not already trained in how to manage people, processes, and handle equipment properly.
Carbonell will represent Veterans Florida at the 2015 Military, Defense, Veterans Opportunities Summit on August 6, 2015 in Orlando, where he will speak about trends in Veterans education, training and healthcare.