SACRAMENTO –Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) and Major General David S. Baldwin, adjutant general for the California National Guard, announced today the Assembly's $500,000 contribution to help establish the new National Guard employment pilot program called "Work for Warriors." The program will match up the skills of unemployed and underemployed National Guard members with the hiring needs of employers, with the goal of reducing unemployment and underemployment among California Guards members by 25 percent within a year and a longer-term goal of lowering unemployment under 5 percent.
"The guardsmen and women who are already in California, as well as those who are now beginning to return home to husbands, wives, children, parents and partners, deserve to have every opportunity as they make the transition back to civilian life," Speaker John A. Pérez said. "That is why I am so pleased to join General Baldwin and the business leaders here today. This program also recognizes the invaluable training and diverse skill-sets that members of the National Guard bring to any job."
The employers who have already committed to supporting the Work for Warriors program are the California Chamber of Commerce, Comcast, Granite Construction, Dollar General, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, JP Morgan Chase, Solar City and the California Conservation Corps.
"The Work for Warriors program speaks directly to our state's cooperative commitment to caring for our Soldiers and Airmen, as well as their families," said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, adjutant general for the California National Guard. "They put their lives on the lines for the state and nation. Now is the time for employers to recognize the value our service members can deliver."
"We know first-hand that our service women and men in the guard are great employees," said Robert Dugan, director of Government and Public Affairs for Granite Construction. "The very traits that enable us to trust them with our safety and liberty are an asset to the workforce as well. That's one of the many reasons Granite Construction is thrilled to participate in the Work for Warriors program."
"We are pleased to be involved with this opportunity to bring together California National Guard members and California businesses," said Marc Burgat, Vice President of Government Relations for California Chamber of Commerce. "It is an honor for CalChamber to be a part of this important program that matches those who serve our country with employers in need of highly skilled workers."
California is home to the largest and most frequently deployed National Guard force in the country, deploying more than 37,000 times to countries worldwide since September 11, 2001.
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