Unique partner ecosystem is working to help Idaho veterans and military spouses thrive after service.
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BOISE — Wednesday, March 15 marks the one year anniversary that Mission43 launched in effort to advance opportunities for the 50,000 post-9/11 Idaho veterans and military spouses; to further their education, obtain gainful employment, leverage their skills and experience for meaningful purpose, and find a stronger connection to their communities.
“Mission43 is changing the way we provide opportunities for veterans to lead, learn, and inspire,” said Bryan Madden, Mission43 program director. “The ecosystem we have created with our four pillar partners is unique in that we have the ability to seamlessly engage veterans and their spouses along a complete spectrum in the transition from military to civilian life, Madden continued. “Ultimately, we want to foster growth and prosperity for their families as a whole.”
Through the four pillar partners, Mission43 offers access to personalized services for both veterans and their spouses, along with a variety of opportunities to learn, network, and connect at special events throughout the year. Events range from employment workshops focused on the vital skills necessary to pursue and secure employment in today’s workforce, to hands-on training and certification to assist in natural disaster relief such as wildland firefighting and debris removal. Social events then bring veterans together through guest speakers who provide relevant and real-world context with how they’ve transitioned their service to success and lessons learned after the military.
“What Mission43 has done is created an ecosystem here in Idaho with the best-in-class organizations to help these men and women thrive,” said Brian Stann, President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA. “It is a case study that should be mimicked to solve any social problem across the country in different states.”
Since the initiative was first introduced in mid-March 2016, more than 1,500 members have joined Mission43. Hire Heroes USA has placed 115 Idaho veterans and/or their spouses in jobs with an average starting salary of $55,500 and job placements spanning 26 different fields; the most popular being healthcare, IT, and logistics. Guild Education is partnered with four top rated universities and provides Mission43 members one on one academic advising to ensure they are matched with the right online degree program, find the most affordable path, and graduate with a degree that results in employment. Team Rubicon and Team Red, White and Blue have more than doubled in size and expanded their presence throughout the state.
“Looking forward for 2017 and beyond, we’d like to see our outreach and engagement broaden across the state of Idaho,” said Madden. “We’re also seeing a strong interest from out-of-state veterans wanting to move to Idaho for the quality of life one can realize here, so we’re identifying ways we can best support these veterans from a relocation standpoint to make a meaningful move to Idaho.”
Mission43 is a partnership of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation and four premier veterans organizations designed to give those from Idaho who have served in the military, and their spouses, the resources for personal growth and the opportunities to contribute in their communities. Focused on the pillars of education, employment, purpose, and connection, Mission43 has created the environment for these men and women to lead, learn, and inspire throughout Idaho, the 43rd state. The four pillar partners include Guild Education, Hire Heroes USA, Team Rubicon, and Team Red, White and Blue. To learn more, visit Mission43.org.
About the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a Boise-based, private family foundation committed to the vision of making Idaho a place to learn, thrive, and prosper. In 2016, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation celebrated over 50 years of giving, totaling nearly $700 million to Idaho children and families. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation honors the legacy of Joe and Kathryn Albertson, founders of the Albertsons grocery store, however it is not affiliated with, Albertsons, LLC. Grant-making is by invitation-only. For more information, visit jkaf.org.