New program focuses on enhancing and optimizing employment opportunities for transitioning veterans.
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 16, 2015 – The Lint Center for National Security Studies, a non-profit organization focused on supporting the next generation of America’s National Security professionals through scholarship and mentoring opportunities, today announced the creation of a new program for transitioning veterans. The primary purpose of the program is to provide a resume review, writing and enhancement service to assist transitioning veterans leverage as well as effectively highlight their knowledge, skills and abilities as they seek new opportunities in both the private and public sector.
The new program, Veteran Employment Transition Program (VET-PRO), will provide free employment counseling as well as resume writing services to ensure transitioning veterans are able to craft the most impactful narrative in order to put their best foot forward as they seek to embark on a new chapter in their professional careers.
“As a retired member of the U.S. Army, I know first-hand how difficult, challenging and daunting the transition from the armed services can be,” said U.S. Army SSG John Bittner (retired) and current Lint Center for National Security Studies VET-PRO Program Manager. Following his retirement, Mr. Bittner completed a Master’s in Business Administration, which afforded him greater insight into the needs of hiring managers and provided him with the appropriate experience necessary to lead this program, as well as the skills to manage it. He served as a Senior Business Analyst in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and he is currently a Senior Consultant at a leading DC-based management and consulting firm where he provides strategic portfolio guidance to one of the largest Intelligence Community (IC) budgets in the United States.
“After years of dedicated national service, the notion of charting a new path is both exhilarating and nerve-racking. I am pleased that the Lint Center has created a new resource for transitioning veterans who seek the guidance, tutelage and assistance necessary to make a successful career change. I am deeply honored to be leading this initiative for the Center.”
“Mr. Bittner speaks from first hand, recent experience so he knows the importance of transition assistance, especially as it pertains to securing permanent post-duty employment and the Lint Center is delighted to have him run point on this important new program,” said James R. Lint, Chairman and CEO of the Lint Center for National Security Studies. “Mr. Bittner proactively volunteered to run this effort and we could not be more pleased that he has decided to give back to those who have served and to those, much like his former self, who are seeking a little fine tuning mentorship to support a transition from active duty military service. We hope that the VET-PRO initiative proves to be a valuable addition to the core services and support the Lint Center for National Security Studies strives to deliver to emerging leaders in America’s national security and intelligence community.”
About the Lint Center VET-PRO
The program will consist of dedicated Lint Center mentors trained in simple techniques designed to give the best mentorship to qualified veterans who are seeking this service. The process is designed to help transitioning veterans as well as veterans who have transitioned from the military within the last five years who have attained an undergraduate, graduate, or post graduate degree, strengthen their resumes so as to acquire the most competitive positions at the most competitive salaries that are available to them. The most important aspect of this process is the speed at which it will be accomplished. Our goal is to get veterans outfitted with strong resumes within two weeks so that this service can benefit them immediately in their career search.
About the Lint Center
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) organization awards award merit-based scholarships and mentoring programs for students pursuing careers in national service with a particular focus on counterintelligence, military intelligence, national security and cross-cultural studies. The Center is Veteran and minority operated and managed. It awards scholarships semi-annually in both January and July. For more information, please visit https://www.lintcenter.org/.