Network makes it easier for veterans

SCServes-Lowcountry is a new network launched Tuesday, August 2, for area veterans to make it easier to find services like employment, housing, and healthcare including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is an online database detailing a number of organizations that specialize in various fields.

Created at Syracuse University, the initiative has already gone to Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina; and organizers felt that a network like this was definitely needed in South Carolina.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are approximately 400,000 veterans living in South Carolina. Also, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center serves 67,000 area veterans and is the fifth fastest-growing medical center in the United States.

With 37 groups already involved in this partnership, the services will be streamlined and thus be more readily available as they will be in one place and not make the searchers intimidated and overwhelmed by the amount of research that is needed.

An example of these organizations is Hire Heroes USA with their services provided at no cost to those seeking full-time or part-time jobs, internships, or training opportunities. United States military members, veterans and military spouses around the world are aided to succeed in the workplace with Transition Specialist counseling, career coaching, employment preparation including a resume that translates the military experience into the proper civilian terminology, transition workshops, and programs. The trainees learn about the techniques of networking, job searching, and interviewing and then are connected with companies who are happy to hire veterans.

SCServes-Lowcountry will allow South Carolina to join an outstanding group of national partners who have connected more than 3,722 veterans, service members, and families to approximately 6,300 types of needed services in under two years.