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Boosting Veteran Employment Remains an FMA Priority

The latest veteran unemployment numbers were released earlier this month, and while the veteran unemployment rate has dropped from 3.9 to 3.6 percent nationally, the State of Maryland has the second highest veteran unemployment rate in the nation at 11 percent.

The Fort Meade Alliance continues to work on programs to promote the hiring of veterans and transitioning service members and to provide Maryland employers with resources to help them recruit, onboard, and support veterans in the workplace.

The FMA Education & Workforce Committee is working to develop workforce training opportunities for transitioning service members during their final year of service. In addition, the FMA Military & Family Committee is promoting resources and creating community partnerships to promote the hiring of veterans.

“We are working with key community partners like Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, the Fort Meade Transition Assistance Program, local chapters of the Society for Human Resources Management and more to identify best practices and facilitate meaningful connections to veteran employment in the region,” FMA Military & Family Committee Chair Lisa Decker of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company said.

FMA members interested in getting more involved in these efforts should contact Will Burns at

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