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Lint Center Launches Veteran Employment Transition Program

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.Veteran Employment Transition Program (VET-PRO)

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/.

James Webb Joins Lint Center Mentoring Team

Mr. James Webb served in the United States Marine Corps for 26 years, where he spent 10 years as an Intelligence Analyst/Chief and 16 years as a Counterintelligence specialist.

Mr. Webb has expertise in Counterintelligence (CI), Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection and prevention, J2X operations, intelligence analysis and production, and counter-threat finance at tactical, operational, and strategic levels.

Having spent a good deal of his career overseas, including deployments to forward areas such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Djibouti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Korea, Mr. Webb will bring a career life experience of nearly three decades of strategic and operational experience to the Center’s mentoring team.

We are most appreciative of Mr. Webb’s support and are eager to set him up with a Lint Center mentee.

To see Mr. Webb’s full bio, please check out the Mentor Bios page.

Lint Center Welcomes New Mentor – Steve Yarbrough

The Lint Center is pleased to welcome Mr. Steve A. Yarbrough as the newest edition to the Center’s mentoring team!

Currently, he is assigned to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Mr. Yarbrough brings over 30 years of Military, Government, and Private sector International policy experience with a primary focus on Latin American security to the Center’s mentoring team.

We thank Steve for joining our team and we look forward to pairing him with a Lint Center scholarship winner in the near future.

For more information about Mr. Yarbrough and other Lint Center mentors, please visit our Mentor Bios page.

Lint Center Welcomes Two New Mentors – Brigadier General Hall and COL Hall

The Lint Center is pleased to announce the addition of two new Mentors to our team– Brigadier General Wayne M. “Mike” Hall and COL Sandra K. Hall.

We are grateful to the General and to the Colonel for their support and willingness to mentor new Lint Center scholarship recipients.

We encourage everyone to check out their information on the Mentor Bios page.