Boeing has announced a $5 million, multi-year donation to help expand United Service Organizations (USO) Pathfinder—the nation’s first comprehensive employment readiness program for transitioning military service members. The investment is a large-scale replication of the successful RP/6 model piloted in Washington state over the past several years with substantial Boeing support.
Boeing’s newly announced contribution will support more than 210,000 transitioning service members during a three-year investment period. The funds will target the launch of eight new support centers across the United States, with a planned nationwide expansion to 25 centers by 2020, enabling the USO to reach nearly 80 percent of all active duty transitions each year. The investment will also establish on-base military transition summits featuring hiring fairs, employment workshops, networking events and veterans panel discussions.
In 2013, Boeing became the largest corporate partner supporting RP/6’s launch in Lakewood, Wash. and has provided consistent funding since then to support the development and implementation of the organization's workforce transition programs. In 2016, the organization provided employment services to more than 2,100 service members and veterans in Washington. Boeing will support continued operations of RP/’s pilot facility in Lakewood, Wash. facility with a separate $250,000 grant.
“We are proud to support our nation’s military beyond the battlefield,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. “That includes a commitment to hiring veterans and investing in their families and communities. Through our support of the Pathfinders program, we aim to help transform the transition experience for service members and ensure our heroes succeed in their next mission after military service.”
Formerly Rally/Point6, the USO Pathfinder program will provide employment readiness support to transitioning service members for up to a 36-month period. USO employees, designated “Scouts,” will work one-on-one with transitioning service members and military family members at centers located at military installations across the United States. The Scouts help transitioning service members identify personal and professional goals while connecting them to the services and resources necessary for a successful transition into the civilian workforce.
"Support from the USO doesn't stop when service members leave the military," said Dr. J.D. Crouch II, president and CEO of The United Service Organizations Inc. "We are proud to once again partner with Boeing to provide best-in-class transition services to service members and their families. This generous contribution from Boeing will help the USO offer the highest quality of transition services to meet the broadest spectrum of needs."
By Jason Capeheart