Jobs Outreach for Veterans by The Entertainment Industry



Summary:

The world of entertainment is quite a different world from the military way of life, yet this industry is doing its best to encourage miltary veterans, including disabled veterans to come and join its workforce though outreach programs.

Today’s Hollywood is {also} uniting with the military in a different way — one that focuses less on entertaining active enlistees than on finding jobs for vets transitioning out of the service. For instance, the Writers Guild Foundation hosts a veterans writing workshop, while Veterans in Film & Television uses its sizable directory and impressive speaker series in Los Angeles and New York to connect the biz with the veterans. Kevin Ott, the WGF’s director of communications, said participants are taught to channel frustration, pain or joy while writing. Because those emotions are often tied with military service for vets, the experience can be cathartic. “There’s a recognized and marked need for more diversity in Hollywood output, and one of those voices is veteran voice,” though not all of those vets need to have seen action, Ott said. “We don’t look for vets to tell some sort of monolithic story of survival in combat. Not every story has to be (‘The Epic of) Gilgamesh.’”

Comment:

This is such touching news -- the entertainment field helping our veterans find jobs in their particular niche. First, Hollywood has always have had its share of actors who served in the military. Then, the world of showbiz offers a different perspective of things that can help reduce symptoms of mental/psychological disorders that many veterans are prone to suffer from as it can be a venue for releasing their anxieties or fears through creative endeavors. And the fact that they are being trained and taught new skills is already such great booster to veterans seeking to transition to a new life.



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