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      Missouri National Guard supports soldiers in the workplace

      "Our Soldiers and Airmen are modern Minute Men, ready to answer their nation's call at any moment," Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Steve Danner said. "While they're protecting the homeland, we've got a responsibility to protect them and their families' economic well-being."

      The Missouri National Guard has increased several state and federal job initiatives.

      "Our Soldiers and Airmen are modern Minute Men, ready to answer their nation's call at any moment," Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Steve Danner said. "While they're protecting the homeland, we've got a responsibility to protect them and their families' economic well-being."

      To do that, Family and Warrior Support programs managed their resources in support of Guardsmen, with jobs being the focus of the effort in a tough economic climate.

      "Missouri is going to great lengths to ensure our returning service personnel have access to programs designed specifically to get them reintegrated into the workforce as quickly and efficiently as possible," said 2nd Lt. Jon Barry, director of the Show-Me Heroes Program. "Not all service members will need this assistance, but it's being made available to all of Missouri's Veterans and service members."

      The Yellow Ribbon Program is for soldiers and airmen who return from deployment and helps aid the reintegration to the workforce. The Missouri Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, ensures the Guardsmen's jobs are protected with their employers.

      Nixon's Show-Me Heroes program also connects Missouri Veterans and service members with supporting employers.

      The Guard, which partnered with Missouri Workforce Development, is also offering service members employment education on interview skills, resume building and learning how to market themselves.

      "Essentially, employers are pledging to make an additional effort to reach out to Missouri Veterans and service members and recognize the training we receive as military personnel make us highly valuable employees in the modern workplace," Barry said. "Based on our integration with Workforce Development and the Veterans programs we have in place, Missouri is ahead of the curve."

      These programs have resulted in 4,268 Missouri Veterans being hired. The actual number may be significantly higher, Barry said.

      "The benefit of having these resources available to Veterans and service members is that they are able to accept and focus on their missions, knowing before they return home that there is an infrastructure and system of resources in-place on the ground that can quickly and efficiently reintegrate them into the civilian work force," Barry said.