US VALOR

Veteran's Advancing through Learning, Opportunities & Resources

US VALOR (US Veterans Advancing Through Learning, Opportunities and Resources), is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Program (CAP) that is a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) within the Cybersecurity employment space for the training of transitioning military service members and new veterans to prepare them for meaningful, gainful, and long term employment within emerging local, national and global marketplaces. US VALOR exists to help veteran’s transition seamlessly from the structure and organization of military life into the civilian workforce by providing valuable technical training in cybersecurity, along with essential Power Skills (soft skills), to prepare them for demanding job opportunities that await. Our goal through the US VALOR CAP is to change the story of how difficult transitioning can be primarily by having a program designed and ready for new veterans; not just to train them in technical and business knowledge, skills, and abilities but also to train them in the soft and life skills they will need to become valued employees.

 

US VALOR is about humanity and providing respect and hope to those veterans that made great sacrifices to the US. People may have heard of or know of a military veteran who experienced a difficult time adjusting into society following their service, or a veteran that became disabled, or someone killed in action during their tour of duty. Without a doubt these veterans and their families experience mental and physical pain, isolation, and eventually spiral into a depressive mental state. US VALOR provides hope, and a pathway, for their survival and general well-being in the unfriendly and often unthankful world surrounding them.

 

Veteran's Transition Stories

 

Mr. Kelly C. Kendall, MBA
President and Executive Director

I left active duty from the Marine Corps in 1996. I left after three years due to medical problems. It has been 23 years since then, and yet I still can remember the experience vividly. Coming from the structure, and experience of the Marines, especially infantry, the most typical options were Police/Fire. Due to my health, those, and anything like them, were not an option. I was 25 years old. My wife was pregnant. I had to find work. It was a terrible struggle. Every interview seemed the same. “But you don’t have any experience doing X job for the last few years.” It was hard to hold back the anger and frustration. I have led Marines. I earned a meritorious promotion to Corporal. I was smart, driven, confident, and ready to be a manager. It seemed the most obvious role. But I had no luck there.

So, what did I finally land on? First, it was a temp job at a new Macy’s opening at a new mall. I was stocking and setting out clothing in the men’s section. That lasted for about a month. In that time, I kept interviewing. I was offered a salesperson position at a jewelry store in a mall. I had no desire to be in that industry. Eventually, after discovering, talking too, and consistently hounding the Operation’s Manager at a new CompUSA store, I was hired to be essentially a customer service rep in the business department. It didn’t take long for my work ethic and abilities to shine, and I was moved into a full business sales role, which I excelled at. Overall, it took about 3 months to land my first legitimate full-time job, after getting out. It paid near minimum wage, if not much more.

It was often humiliating, frustrating, aggravating, and infuriating. I recall thinking that none of these people have any understanding of what we went through in the military. I had no doubt that I could do any job. I just needed a chance. I needed someone willing to disregard my lack of “experience” on my resume, and see my skills, knowledge, abilities, and work ethic. That did not happen. I nearly had to beg for a job.

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