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Program Prepares Transitioning Veterans For Jobs In Tough Market

Credit CBS 2

Credit CBS 2

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Green construction isn’t just a way to create a more sustainable climate, it is also a way to create a more sustainable job market.

Advocates of green construction told CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock that jobs in the industry are going to be in high demand making it a perfect place for veterans entering the civilian workforce to find employment.

“It’s the new frontier, it’s developing, it’s going to be in high demand,” said Timothy Sargalski.

A program called Vets Build Long Island, is giving post 9/11 hands on training in the industry.

“Hopefully it will ensure a future for them, a solid future and help them reintegrate back into society,” said Frank Amalfitano, of the United Veterans Beacon House.

The program not only helps to train veterans in green construction, it also helps them network with those who are already in the industry.

“It’s all meant to connect them with the industry and job opportunities,” said Rick Wertheim, of United Way Long Island.

Sargalski, an eleven-year veteran of the Marine Corps, calls the program ‘energy boot camp’.

The training that the veterans receive covers weatherization, home efficiency upgrades, and the safe installation of high-efficiency boilers.

Carl Krause, a trainer from Marplant, told CBS 2 that returning veterans are a perfect fit for the program, and the veterans agree.

“Education is the greatest thing for a person, and I learned so much,” said Army vet Christopher McGlynn, “it really was an exceptional opportunity.”

Vets Build Long Island is currently recruiting to fill two more classes, with plans for many more in the future.

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