LEESBURG, VA (WUSA9) - In this week’s Salute to Service report, WUSA9 is highlighting NS2 Serves, a nonprofit organization that trains veterans for new careers in technology and business.
"Every member of the team treat each other like family," said Army veteran Sara Taboada.
Taboada was a combat medic in the Army. Like many veterans, her military skills didn’t quite translate to the needs of a civilian job.
She’s now part of a 12-week training program, preparing her for a career in information technology.
"We eat together, we work out together, we have study groups, so it’s like being on a mission again," said Taboada. "No one gets left behind."
Taboada and veterans from across the country are brought to Leesburg for a 12-week, all expenses paid program.
"I’m very eager to get a new skill set and to find a purpose," said Army veteran David Eves.
Eves served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He too had trouble finding work when he returned.
"I didn’t have a particular skill set that translated very well into civilian life," said Eves.
Business IT is a logical field for these veterans. There are more jobs available than people qualified to fill them.
"I think it’s a growing industry and it’s where everything’s going to be for the next 20 plus years," said Army veteran Robert Cain.
NS2 Serves hosts 20 veterans each session, maximizing the best skills they learned in the military.
Teamwork, focus on mission, having each other’s back, and then add on top of them sought after, in demand skills in IT so we can get them employed," said NS2 Serves President Mark Testoni.
As many as 500 veterans apply for the program. Only 20 are selected.
The course is open to post-9/11 military service veterans and reservists, as well as Gold Star spouses. They’re the survivors of service members killed in action or who die from service-related causes.
For more information about this innovative job training program, click here.