On May 29, 2012, when the EPA-VA "Memorandum of Understanding" was signed, EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner, stated, “This agreement comes at the perfect time to address the predicted workforce shortages in the water and wastewater industries and the need for transitioning veterans into civilian jobs."
Stoner continued, “EPA believes that well-trained and experienced water sector professionals are vital to ensuring sustainable, properly operated systems.”
VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program assists more than 100,000 disabled veterans annually prepare for, find, and maintain meaningful careers. Veterans are an important target group for water and wastewater utility jobs because many veterans already possess training and technical skills that are directly transferable to careers in the water sector.
There is a wide spectrum of water sector careers that veterans could be qualified for, including engineering, laboratory and water science, operations and maintenance, management and administration, communications, and public education. The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program further supports veterans for the water workforce by providing necessary accommodations and additional training as needed.
“VA has cultivated relationships with both public and private industry to ensure disabled veterans have opportunities to find and maintain meaningful employment,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Allison A. Hickey.
“We are thrilled to forge this relationship with EPA to assist them with hiring veterans through our Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.”
As a result of this program, Angela Wilcher, the VA's National Employment Program Manager, has become a fixture at most major water and wastewater utility conferen
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