As part of our outreach to partnering organizations and our advisory board members, CODE has asked Dr. Bill Doe, CEO of Veterans Green Jobs and Retired US Army Corps of Engineers officer, to describe his personal experience on Sept. 11th and how the tragic events of that day have influenced his current work for our military veterans. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Where were you on 9/11/01?
Dr. Bill Doe: I was at home in Fort Collins, CO with my family. I left for work at Colorado State University and contacted the Army ROTC staff on campus to see what local responses might be needed.
Q: How have the events of that day impacted your life?
Dr. Bill Doe: While my own military service preceded 9/11 I have worked closely with the Department of Defense and veterans for the past decade in the research, educational and non-profit sectors. I have supported many military friends and families during their deployments.
Q: Have the events of 9/11 impacted your current efforts in helping our veterans transition back to civilian life and find employment?
Dr. Bill Doe: I am working directly in the non-profit sector to assist returning veterans with employment opportunities in the green economy and with transition assistance into higher education and careers. I believe older veterans have a responsibility and desire to assist our returning veterans.
Veteran Green Jobs, is a non-profit that seeks to help connect and train transitioning veterans looking to find careers “in stable economic sectors related to energy efficiency and energy conservation; clean and renewable energy; natural resource conservation; environmental restoration; and other sustainability sectors.” In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, it is wonderful to see our community, and organizations like Veteran Green Jobs, coming together to rebuild our nation and our military.
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