Here is an organization that is really near to my heart, as I’m sure it is to many of you (so excuse my lack of overt humor on this one). Helmets to Hard Hats is an organization that is committed to helping retiring and honorably discharged service men and women find work in the construction trades. Between my love for building and my full time job on an air base, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of wonderful men and women, some of the finest that our country has to offer. According to Helmets to Hard Hats, over a quarter million service men and women are discharged annually from the military. And as we have only recently finished pulling out of Iraq and we begin to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, that number may increase. These troops will need to find jobs, but since the job market is flooded these days, finding a job can be tough even for highly trained men and women.
Helmets to Hard Hats Helps With Jobs Plus Training and GI Bill
That’s where Helmets to Hard Hats step in. They act as a job posting board for a variety of trades revolving around all forms of construction, from carpenters to painters to welder to pavers. It should be understood that they don’t train or apprentice the soldiers, but create an avenue for these men and women to find companies and unions to help them make the transition to civilian life. They do this in a couple of ways. First, there is a job board and contact page for a variety of trades on their website. They also have regional directors and volunteers who work with Helmets to Hard Hats participants to find work and training as well. By doing this, they not only give these soldiers an avenue to search for jobs, but they also help them find and train for them. Helmets to Hard Hats also gives assistance with the Montgomery GI Bill benefits.
Helmets to Hard Hats have helped thousands of military men and women find work in the building trades. So if you or a loved one have served this great country and are interested in the building trades, let Helmets to Hard Hats serve you.