JACKSONVILLE, FL (JULY 10, 2017) – Military members transitioning from active duty to civilian life face many challenges when they return home – not the least of which is the ability to obtain high-paying, rewarding career opportunities.  Although educated, trained and highly skilled, these veterans often find themselves less competitive in the professional marketplace compared with civilian candidates who have taken a more traditional path.  

Enter Operation New Uniform (ONU), a Jacksonville-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing these challenges by equipping veterans with the business acumen, career search skills, confidence and networking connections to thrive in the business world (operationnewuniform.org).  

Since the first Cohort in 2014, ONU has served 149 Veterans. The programs they go through immerse the Veterans in a positive team environment comprised of successful Veterans, business professionals and accomplished educators, and gives them the tools and resources to secure meaningful careers. 

On Wednesday, August 2nd, ONU will graduate their 20th cohort of Veterans. Before them, 149 Veterans graduated from ONU’s programs. As a result, 96% of them now have fulfilling careers. Cohort 20 will graduate nine more ONU veterans and they will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at Web.com (12808 Gran Bay Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32258) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on August 2nd.

“We are proud to be serving our 20th Cohort of ONU Veterans and we have looked forward to reaching this milestone since 2014. During that time, our veterans have had tremendous success and they could not have done so without our partners and supporters fueling our organization.  Unfortunately, due to the popularity of our programs and financial constraints of our in demand organization, we will be forced to turn away over 300 veterans this year.  I want to be clear, these are our veterans, from our community, and they are our responsibility.  If you are an individual or organization looking to make a local, lasting impact, or be recognized for changing the lives of local service members, Operation New Uniform offers you that opportunity.,” said ONU Executive Director Justin Justice.  

Guest speakers will include a representative from Web.com, Operation New Uniform Staff and each of the Cohort 20 Veterans.  We will also be recognizing our latest Above and Beyond Award recipient along with our newest ONU Veteran Committed Company™ Supporters.

ONU Cohort 20 graduates:

Carl F. Bush is a Navy Veteran with 30 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Florida State University.

Bryan Burt is a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and a Master’s of Business Administration in Human Resources from Liberty University, as well as Master’s Degree in Management.

Danielle Crowder is an Army Veteran with 4 years of service and an Associates of Arts Degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville.

Dustin Gano is a US Coast Guard Veteran with 17 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Davis.

Michelle D. Ladmirault is a Navy Veteran with 4 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix.

Brian Low is a Navy Veteran with 23 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Management from Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Linda Lin is an Army Veteran with 3 years of service and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Technology from Kansas State University.

Savanna Rogers is a Navy Veteran with 20 years of service and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from American Military University.

Armando Villegas is a Navy Veteran with 22 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics System Technologies from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s of Business Administration in Project Management from Webster University.

CONTACT:  Sterling Tyler, Director of Marketing, Operation New Uniform, (904) 328-1600