Military Veterans Face Large Challenges Post-Service

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Upon exiting the military, veterans are forced to fend for themselves while attempting to transition back into society. A study done by USC School of Social Work shows that “[…] nearly eight out of 10 service members leave the military without a job, and expect to find meaningful employment that provides adequate remuneration once they leave the military.

There is a gap in communication between the military and local organizations and businesses. The study also concluded that “[…] over two-thirds of today’s veterans reported difficulties adjusting to civilian life“, and claimed upon completion of service that “they do not know where to go or who to contact to seek help.

An organization helping these veterans find work in the film industry is the Lifton Institute of Media Arts and Sciences (LIMS), which is offering job opportunities to post-9/11 veterans in need.

Jimmy Lifton, President of LIMS, stated that the problem was a “national issue that all businesses should be actively pursuing a solution for” and that “there is no reason why every veteran should not have the means to be financially independent and self sufficient.”

The LIMS VET 50 program has helped over 75 veterans in the last year to secure jobs in Hollywood working behind the scenes on film, TV, and music productions. “LIMS accomplished above and beyond what the Veteran’s Administration, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army’s social workers failed to do. I should know, as a homeless Marine veteran, I received dysfunctional agency lip service since 2012.” says LIMS alumnus Art Flores.

There are a good amount of veterans who do find jobs, but not all are successful in finding quality, good paying jobs. The study concluded that “[…] nearly a quarter of veterans in Los Angeles County with jobs are earning at or below the poverty level. Over three-quarters of those veterans without a job are not receiving assistance in finding a job.” According to salary.com, the average salary for the entertainment industry is US$30,000 – 100,000+, which is life-changing for any veteran in need.

On August 15, 2016, LIMS is set to launch its newest initiative program that will provide free training to 200 post-9/11 veterans. Free transportation and daily meals are expected to also be provided to the veterans during training.

Job opportunities are set to be lined up for all 200 veterans upon their completion of the program.



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