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Veteran leverages his experience & overcomes Service Connected Disability to find employment

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Bernard Noel’s 14-year Navy career provided him extensive experience in the field of Safety and Service Operations. However, being economically disadvantaged and having a service connected disability were barriers to his employment. Noel, pictured, met Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Veteran Career Advisor (VCA) and Army veteran Bobby Lee Williams at his Workforce Solutions office in Denton in March 2022. Williams realized Noel would benefit from Individualized Career Services. He conferred with TVC Veteran Employer Liaison (VEL), Tracy Griffard. Griffard, also an Army veteran, referred Noel to targeted Veteran Friendly Employers and Governmental Agencies.

Read the whole story below, as reported by Ron Abrams, TVC Employment Services North Texas District Outreach Coordinator and Army veteran:

Veteran leverages his experience & overcomes Service Connected Disability to find employment

Photo of Bobby Lee Williams

Texas Veterans Commission Veteran Career Advisor Bobby Lee Williams in McKinney, Texas, first met veteran Bernard Noel in March 2022. VCA Williams, pictured, realized Noel would benefit from Individualized Career Services, after conducting his initial assessment; the veteran agreed to participating in an Employment Plan. Noel revealed factors that made him eligible for our JVSG (Jobs for Veterans State Grants) Program; namely, two Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE). However, VCA Williams noticed that Noel had extensive work experience in Safety and Service Operations Investigations during his 14-year career in the U.S. Navy.

Photo of Tracy Griffard

Leveraging Noel’s Safety-Service Operations Investigations background and Service-Connected Disabilities; Williams was able to assist the veteran to become Job Ready within a relatively short period of time. Williams ensured Noel’s resume reflected key words found within the Safety and Investigative industries.  Moreover, VCA Williams facilitated a Case Conference with Tracy Griffard, Veteran Employer Liaison (VEL), in McKinney, Texas. VEL Griffard, pictured, referred Noel to targeted Veteran Friendly Employers and Governmental Agencies. One of those Governmental Agencies was U.S. DOL (Department of Labor) Whistleblower Program.  The U.S. DOL Whistleblower Program allows employees a safe place to report inappropriate incidents, safety violations, etc., and helps to prevent retaliation from the employers, companies, or industries they work for.

As a result, within three months of meeting VCA Williams and VEL Griffard, Noel was interviewed for several open positions with the U.S. DOL Whistleblower Program. He obtained employment as a full time employee with the Department of Labor on 5 Sep 2022, as an Investigator within their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Whistleblower Unit! This gave Noel a new lease on life, and he is very grateful, having met, and receiving the assistance from VCA Williams and VEL Griffard. He was quoted as saying,” I could not have done it without you both. I greatly appreciate all your advice, guidance, patience, direction, communication, updates, reminders, and going the extra mile.”

Exemplary performance, teamwork, and assistance from VCA Bobby Lee Williams and VEL Tracy Griffard!

photo of Ron Abrams

Pictured is Ron Abrams, TVC Employment Services North Texas District Outreach Coordinator and Army veteran.

Veterans throughout Texas can find the TVC Veteran Employment Services team in 90 locations across state including 70 American Job Centers.  Find your local office.

TVC VES receives federal funding. For more information, visit Stevens Amendment.

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