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With the aim to find more jobs for veterans, the Easter Seals recently expanded the Bob Hope Veterans Support Program to Orange County.

“It’s important for the veterans to know we’re here,” said John Funk, director of operations for military and veterans services at Easter Seals Southern California. “We want to provide them with the support and services they can use. Sometimes, they don’t know what services are out there.”

The Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides one-on-one employment support services as well as referrals to other resources so veterans who are transitioning out of the military can be successful in life and their careers. The service is free and open to any veteran.

Funk said the support program provides individual meetings at the convenience of the veterans in their community.

The program determines what the veteran’s interests, skills, desires and goals are and helps determine what could be the best fit.

“A lot of it is discovery, finding out who they are as a person,” Funk said. “We want to be able to tell their story to the employers of their military experience in a way anyone can understand.”

The service also works with the veterans to tailor their resume to specific employment opportunities, enhance their interview and communication skills, and develop networking skills.

“We’re not just a ‘go to the website’ and apply for jobs, we want to see what works for them,” Funk said.

Funk said so far, the expansion into Orange County has been going well.

“It’s been great. Orange County has embraced the veteran community,” Funk said. “There’s a strong desire to connect Orange County employers with veterans. We’re happy to be a part of that system and the success.”

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