In the Matter of Victory Media, Inc., a corporation, also doing business as G.I. Jobs, and also doing business as Military Friendly, File No. 162 3210 #00013

Submission Number:
00013
Commenter:
James Verschueren
State:
Virginia
Initiative Name:
In the Matter of Victory Media, Inc., a corporation, also doing business as G.I. Jobs, and also doing business as Military Friendly, File No. 162 3210
As a retired Army officer, the transition from over a quarter century of service to the civilian world was quite daunting. From rebuilding my personal brand to identifying how to support myself financially, the stress of retirement and starting my life over often got to be too much to bear. However, the Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) offered some keen insight into the navigation of truly uncharted waters, but they were only one facet of what is for some a difficult task. It was at the SFL-TAP office that I discovered GI Jobs magazine. I picked up a copy and saw folks just like me who were highlighted as success stories, which gave me not only hope for the future but concrete evidence of it. Their analysis of burgeoning job markets coupled with cross-referencing of military job skills really presented solid targeted information. Whether one of their readers was a first-term enlistee or a thirty-year veteran, GI Jobs didn't discriminate; instead, they focused on the importance of ensuring every transitioning service member was aware of what the civilian job market entails. That in and of itself is a testament to their dedication to their readers: I defy Time or Newsweek to show that level of dedication. GI Jobs shows no favoritism to rank: rather, they cater to their entire audience and show former service members of all stages of their service in a myriad of jobs. But they do not stop there. Instead, they interweave tips for job-seekers, potential students and military members considering transition which only solidifies their mission. In sum, they don't just offer companies a place to advertise; instead, they bring an innate realism to what many military members often think is unattainable. After all of this time, they still have not wavered from their dedication to our Veteran community. In full disclosure, I was fortunate to find meaningful employment shortly after I retired from the Army. I was able to use GI Jobs magazine to refine my resume and focus my efforts on what I wanted to do, and I still read GI Jobs monthly, as there is always something I can add to my own personal brand. To see my fellow Veterans find employment in what can be a tumultuous civilian world is nothing short of a win for me: to see them highlighted in full color in GI Jobs magazine for the whole world to see is a win for all Veterans.