Ok, so Operation Welcome Home is up and running in Morgantown, WV. The program offers a number of services to include free counsel, guidance, referrals, points of contact and what most younger Veterans are looking for…employment!

No questions asked up front except the usual background check, etc…and a little way down the road, proof of service in any of our Armed Forces. Of course we have our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/welcomehomewv and a website at www.veteransoncall.com where Veterans can find out all about our services and local community members can request services (usually yard-work though more is offered) to support their Morgantown Veterans. So, why is it that many Veterans don’t want this employment even on a transitional basis as they wait for or search for their dream job or schooling?

I have a strange feeling that there is a lack of counseling regarding financial management before these young men and women leave the service. Military compensation is great, and the money earned while deployed is good and well-deserved but it doesn’t last forever.

Money runs out and bills accumulate. Families need to be able to eat and can’t count on subsistence allowance or housing allowance when the service member leaves the Armed Forces.

I guess I’m just writing to encourage Veterans to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves…you can always move on to bigger and better things as they arise.

I want the best for you, you deserve it! It takes work on both ends though…if you’re sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring with someone on the other end offering you the job of a lifetime it’s likely not going to happen. It could, but probably won’t. Let those who are try to help you do just that!