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NMEA Announces Veterans Florida Partnership

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The National Marine Electronics Association last week announced that it is collaborating with Veterans Florida to match personnel exiting the U.S. armed forces with civilian jobs in the marine electronics industry.

The program is designed to identify qualified veterans who can help ease the employee shortage in the civilian sector, the NMEA said a statement.

Mark Reedenauer, NMEA president and executive director, said Florida boasts the largest marine industry of any state. Military veterans are well suited for employment in the segment because they are not only highly trained but also disciplined and dedicated.

“As we talk with member companies, finding quality employees is their top challenge, and has been since 2020,” Reedenauer said in the statement. “We looked towards an organization where work ethic, structure, respect, and loyalty were at the top of the list, and Veterans Florida checks all those boxes.”

Programs offered by Veterans Florida include job placement not only for the veterans but also for their spouses, a training grant to reimburse a portion of employers’ training costs and the Department of Defense “SkillBridge” initiative allowing servicemembers to begin workforce training even before their military commitment is completed. 

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