JACKSONVILLE, FL (MARCH 19, 2018) – 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 to 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 182 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 Friday, April 6th, ONU will graduate its 24th cohort of ONU Veterans. Before them, 182 Veterans graduated from ONU’s programs. As a result, 96% of them now have fulfilling careers. Cohort 24 will graduate 11 more ONU veterans and they will be honored during a graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at CIT. (10201 Centurion Pkwy N #100 Jacksonville, FL 32256) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m on April 6th.

At Cohort 24 graduation, Operation New Uniform will be recognizing the following companies: Delores Barr Weaver Fund, Thomas and Lis Petersen Family Foundation, and Vitalogy Foundation. We are excited to present our 24th cohort of veterans to the business community. These veterans have overcome large personal and professional obstacles and will truly add value to Jacksonville through their new careers. Operation New Uniform’s staff, and the veterans we serve, are grateful for the partnership the Delores Barr Weaver Fund through the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida has given through matching grants from the Vitalogy Foundation and the Thomas and Lis Petersen Family Foundation. Thanks to these great folks, these veterans now have new opportunities available to them.

Guest speakers will include a Mike Jones, President of Business Capital at CIT, Operation New Uniform Staff, and each of the Cohort 24 ONU Veterans.

ONU Cohort 24 graduates:

Jada Brewington, a Navy & Army veteran with 14 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College

Stephen Verrigni, an Army veteran with 3 years of service and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing

Mingnon Jones, an Army veteran with 10 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Shorter University

Anna Douglas, a Navy veteran with 20 years of service and Master’s Degree in Human Services Management from Liberty University

Jacob Wilson, an Army veteran with 4 years of service and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Strayer University

Clayton Mitchell, an Army & Marine veteran with 20 years of service and a Bachelor’s degree in Supervision and Management from Florida State College of Jacksonville

James Eggl, a Navy veteran with 26 years of service and an Associate’s Degree from Florida State College of Jacksonville

Sean Sharp, a Navy veteran with 11 years of service and a Master’s Degree in Physical Oceanography from Naval Postgraduate School

Shaun Powell, an Army veteran with 6 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Alabama
Paul Averell, a Navy veteran with 30 years of service and a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management from Trident University

Shawn Lewis, a Navy veteran with 23 years of service and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree at Valdosta State University

 

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