VFCC provides veterans an unprecedented military transition to a rewarding fitness career by providing a cutting edge online personal training certification, job placement, mentorship and unparalleled online support resources.
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Veterans are career-oriented and looking to start a full time career.
Veterans are solution-oriented professionals who have spent four or more years in the military focused on completing a mission, sometimes in spite of difficult personnel, faulty equipment or serious time constraints.
Veterans are experienced team leaders who have already managed groups of other professionals, written performance appraisals, set developmental goals, managed training programs, and spent time reinforcing the goals of the organization to improve individual performance.
Veterans are courageously decisive. Veterans are often invovled with major decision making that involves reasonable risk. These experiences have helped them learn to trust their instincts, as well as their training, when big decisions must be made.
Veterans are accountable. Regardless of task importance, accountability is forged into the mind of every veteran. In fact, many veterans have been accountable for projects involving tens of millions of dollars in value. These veterans are conditioned to consider all aspects of organizational goals – direct and indirect.
Veterans are flexible and adaptable. Military work experience is the most challenging of jobs. Quick and frequent relocations are standard, and members learn quickly the importance of flexibility – accepting changes necessary to fulfill their assigned mission.
Veterans are back ground checked and they've all had frequent random drug testing, annual dental exams and complete health assessments every 5 years.
Finally, most veterans are of the ideal age and are in great shape. The majority of transitioning veterans are in their youth around 22-30 years old and they look the part. They are often very fit due to the extensive military training and weight management standards.
Why Hire VFCC Veterans
at Your Health Club?
With more than 870,000 unemployed veterans along with another 150-200k added annually, due to normal attrition, there is no doubt that the need and the opportunity to help veterans is enormous.
Now with historic government tax credit incentives in place, hiring veterans is not only more important than ever, it's more profitable than ever.
Veterans Need Solutions:
According to current veteran statistics we have over 1.4 million active military personnel along with the 1.1 million military members who currently serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. In addition to these 2.5 million military members, we have over 22.5 million veterans. That’s over 25 million Americans who have served or is currently serving in the Armed Services—that’s about 1 out of every 9 Americans "who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount of up to, and including his/her life" (American Legion Post 4, 2011).
According to a 2008 Department of Veterans Affairs report, 4.4 million of our veterans have been discharged since 1990—two million of which served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In addition to these staggering numbers another 39,000 just recently came home from Iraq along with another 10,000 from Afghanistan which should be followed by another 23,000 in the summer of 2012.
With so many veterans returning home in the last few years, we are seeing historic unemployment numbers with veterans. In 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans was already almost a full percentage higher than non-veterans. By July of 2011, as the Iraq and Afghani-era veterans returned home, unemployment increased to a record 12.4%.
Transitioning out of the military is difficult enough as it is; add to this that veterans are now struggling to find any kind of employment—let alone an enjoyable and financially rewarding employment opportunity. In 2007, those veterans who did find jobs were earning less than $22,000 a year.