Paralyzed Veterans of America announces PAVE Connect, a new virtual engagement initiative from its employment program, PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment), that was developed to offer training and networking opportunities to disabled veterans who cannot access traditional job fairs.

Through PAVE Connect, according to a news release, members of the veteran community can:

  • Interact with PAVE employment experts through virtual meetings.
  • Meet employers eager to hire from the military and veteran community.
  • Access an online library of timely, relevant career information — on their schedule and from any device.
  • View recorded presentations and access other tools and resources on demand.
  • Discover a wide range of meaningful education, volunteer, and employment opportunities.

“I am thrilled to add PAVE Connect to our list of services,” says Lauren Lobrano, PVA’s director of PAVE. “Virtual technology provides yet another meaningful way to reach and serve our clients. If a veteran is underemployed, they can’t take the time away from their current job to pursue a better one. If a veteran has a significant disability, yet is capable and employable, big events can be a deterrent. PAVE Connect helps level that playing field and maintains our proven one-on-one, high-touch approach.”

Via the free program, PAVE employment analysts and vocational rehabilitation counselors work with clients to overcome barriers to employment at all stages of their life. These clients are not only veterans but also transitioning service members, spouses, and caregivers across the country.

“Employment is a vital part of feeling independent, especially if you’ve been injured or have a disability,” states Hack Albertson, national vice president of PVA and a US Marine Corps veteran, in the release. “I was introduced to Paralyzed Veterans of America through the PAVE program. The support I received made such an impact, I committed my career to giving back and helping other veterans like myself. Now with PAVE Connect, our reach extends further to meet those who need us most.”

PAVE Connect sessions, led by employment experts, cover topics such as transitioning from military to civilian employment, interview preparation, requesting accommodations in the workplace, effective resume tips, and more. PVA’s employment and educational partners also participate in select sessions, offering networking opportunities and insight into the opportunities available within their organizations.

To watch previous sessions, view the upcoming schedule, and register to participate in a session for free, visit PAVE Connect.

Source(s): Paralyzed Veterans of America, PR Newswire]