Onward to
Opportunity
Initiative

Setting veterans up for success. Leveraging military skills and experience for civilian careers.


Having a job lined up before you leave the military is one of the most effective ways to ensure a smooth transition back into civilian life. We worked with the Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF) and the Department of Defense to create “Onward to Opportunity,” a free, on-base training and hiring program.

The program is open to active service members, veterans, and military spouses.

I didn’t have it in me to go to career fairs. Onward to Opportunity taught me how to get out there and just talk and network.

Gina Chang Evans
Staff Sergeant, Army

Read Gina’s Story

Our
Approach

  1. On-base and accessible before exiting the military. Active duty service members who will be leaving the military within six months can participate in the program.
  2. Direct to Employment. Service members may choose to leverage their military skills and experience and go straight to job-matching.
  3. Skills Assessment and Career Counseling. Staff work with program participants to assess their military skills and experience and suggest civilian career paths.
  4. Training and Certification. Program participants can pursue free training and certification that will help them secure civilian jobs.
  5. Employer Connection. Onward to Opportunity works closely with military-friendly employers to connect them to program graduates and to ensure the program is aligned with the needs of the job market.

Get Help

Listed here are a few additional resources for veterans and their families:

Get Involved

Looking to get involved in creating a better future for veterans and their families, here are some helpful resources: