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to the military, and this helps to keep [military service] in the forefront of people’s minds,” he says. “Being ex- posed to the idea of patriotism and country and what people have done for the country and those who died for the country can only help us.”


Career-transition support Navigating the transition to a post- military career can be a challenge for many servicemembers. But mem- bers of the Alamo (Texas) Chapter (www.alamomoaa.org) have part- nered with other local organizations to help by conducting mock inter- views, providing résumé coaching, organizing panels of local business leaders, and planning job fairs and networking opportunities. “You can do more with collabora-


tion,” says Lt. Col. Kathryn “Kitty” Meyers, USAFR (Ret), transition li- aison officer for the Alamo Chapter. “You’d be amazed [by] how many organizations are trying to do the same thing. By generating this col- laboration and working with the local workforce, we’ve been making such great headway.” The chapter partners with the


Nistri and the Charter Oak Chap-


ter will continue to push for flag ed- ucation in other Connecticut school districts so more children can learn about patriotism and the history of the American flag. “It’s important especially in today’s climate … noth- ing seems sacred anymore.” He emphasizes that all MOAA


chapters, no matter the community service project, make a difference in their communities. “Chapters ex- pose members of their communities


DoD program Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, with which Meyers and several other chapter members also volunteer. Together, along with Goodwill In- dustries, they created the website MilCityUSA (www.milcityusa.org) to connect members of the San An- tonio military community to local resources. They also volunteer with USO RP/6 San Antonio to conduct mock interviews, and Meyers and Col. David Patrick, USAF (Ret), Alamo Chapter member and MOAA career-transition coordinator for the state of Texas, provide individual ré-


sumé coaching and résumé-writing classes. In addition, the chapter has organized the San Antonio Military Hiring Fair and Veterans Informa- tion Village for the past three years. They also take advantage of their proximity to several military bases and participate in career-transition events at Lackland AFB and Joint Base San Antonio. Meyers, who worked as a human


resources director for 25 years at vari- ous companies, says her goal is to pay back and pay forward her knowledge and experiences. “Many servicemem- bers transitioning out of the military just aren’t sure what the next steps should be,” she says. “Their expecta- tions, if they have any, seem to be off the mark. The biggest challenge is to help them define what they want to do and how they want to do it. We want to help them think outside the box and connect the dots.” She adds that networking, which


is key to finding a job, often is a chal- lenge for servicemembers. Network- ing “is not in the scheme of things in the military. In the military, they’ll walk into an organization, and they know who they are, they know the ranks, they see the badges, they know [where they belong] — but in the civil- ian world, there is no uniform.” Networking is an area where


other MOAA chapters can help in their communities and provide the emotional foundation to help ser- vicemembers grow. “A MOAA chap- ter hopefully has that diversity of members in different organizations. That’s a common base to start and build the network from,” she says. “If someone new comes into the chapter, say, ‘Welcome! You’re look- ing for [a] job? I’m part of the Rotary. How about you come with me to the


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