As part of this initiative, the two organizations will launch the Veterans Roadtrip: an immersive career exploration experience in which three “road-trippers” who have served in the military or are approaching the completion of their service commitment, will be selected to participate in a filmed journey across the country to interview other veterans who’ve found career success. Applications for interested participants are now available at rtn.is/veterans-roadtrip through January 25, 2016. The exclusive content captured on the trip will be produced into a feature length documentary to air on American Public Broadcasting, released in the fall of 2016.
The Veterans Roadtrip launches in the spring from Roadtrip Nation’s headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. Each road-tripper, selected for their military service and interest in exploring career opportunities, will interview leaders who’ve also served and can provide exposure to a variety of career routes available outside of the military career path. Interviewed leaders will highlight their own transition journeys and inspire the road-trippers and viewers alike with their resilient journeys to professional success.
“We believe everyone should have a right to explore the vast opportunities available to them so that they can see for themselves what their best professional fit looks like. We are honored to work with the USO to support our returning troops and long-standing veterans with the inspiration to not only transition to civilian life, but thrive with a fulfilling career reflective of their interests,” said Mike Marriner, Cofounder of Roadtrip Nation.
The USO, a military support nonprofit, has kept our military men and women connected to family, home and country throughout their service for nearly 75 years. Over time, the USO has become the vital bridge between Americans and their military service members. In today’s military climate, that includes meeting service members at the transition point and guiding them on the journey to the next phase of their lives. This partnership with Roadtrip Nation is a key part of the USO’s Transition 360 Alliance initiative to help transitioning service members prepare a positive plan for the future and pursue new career paths.
“We believe the key to a successful transition is a plan, a job and a strong family. The USO Transition 360 Alliance is positioned to provide and commit these additional resources for our service members and their families while they are still active duty and thinking about leaving the service. We look forward to this journey with Roadtrip Nation and creating this resource together which will impact so many,” said JD Crouch II, USO CEO and President.