The Philadelphia Soul arena football team and The Judge Group, a global professional services firm, have unveiled details about the first-ever Army-Navy Veterans Arena Football Game and Speed Career Net-Working Event on June 22 in Philadelphia. The event's mission is to help veterans get jobs.
Nearly 16 percent of enlisted veterans ages 25 to 29 are unemployed, according to the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families. VIP Careers, the Judge Group's newest division, will look to be a career resource for those looking to transition into the civilian work force. Sportscaster Lou Tilley will serve as emcee for the conference, and attendees include Distinguished Naval Veteran Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch (retired) and other high-ranking military officials, local influencers and politicians. Lynch, who served as the U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent from 1991 to 1994, was Captain of the 1963 Navy Cotton Bowl team with Roger Staubach, its Heisman-winning quarterback.
Soul team owners, including NFL Quarterback and ESPN Football Analyst, Ron Jaworski, will be present alongside current Philadelphia Soul players, among them newly acquired Linebacker Morkeith Brown is a United States Army veteran who was deployed for 14 months to Afghanistan in 2005.
On June 22 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly, the Armed Forces will face off in a friendly arena football competition to draw awareness to a very important mission--coming together as a business community to provide meaningful career opportunities for our American Heroes and their spouses.
"The deployment of veterans onto the arena field following the regularly scheduled Soul game is the patriotic culmination of the Philadelphia Soul’s Military Appreciation Day," said Jaworski, majority owner of the Soul.
As part of the Philadelphia Soul’s Military Appreciation Day, The Judge Group’s newest division, Judge VIP (Veterans in Professional) Careers, will host a "Speed Career Net-Working Event" exclusively for transitioning military service members, wounded warriors, veterans and military spouses from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center prior to the evening events. The event is free for all current military and veterans. Judge VIP Careers, which has implemented a full "Boots to Boardroom" program that opens career doors for military members, expects nearly 50 employers to attend.
"The U.S. military is the greatest training program in the world, and these men and women have the skills and attributes our nation needs and wants," said Mike Ferraro, President of Judge VIP Careers. "Our job in the private sector is to be part of the solution and help make this transition successful."
For more updates on job fairs and hiring events across the country, visit the Military.com Upcoming Job Fairs page.