By: Bo Hussey, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website.

What a great opportunity we now have at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont to serve our country’s heroes. Thanks to the Elevate America Veterans grant and our partnership with Central Piedmont Community College, we are able to provide job skills training and supportive services for military veterans and their families.

We’ve already assembled a phenomenal team in Nicholas Riggins and Wanda Weeks to provide these services. Both have lived the military lifestyle and are passionate about helping others make the difficult transition to civilian life.

After marrying an active duty Air Force member, Nicholas enlisted for basic training and specialty training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio in 2001. He served in the Air Force for seven years, including temporary duty assignments to Bahrain and Qatar. After leaving Andrews AFB in 2008, Nicholas moved to Charlotte and worked through the difficulties in making the transition.

“It was difficult moving to a new area without the comfort of a military installation,” Nicholas said. “I’m passionate about this program and I hope to help others transition successfully to the civilian sector.”

Wanda has worked with Goodwill for four years and has over 15 years of experience working with families and individuals to enhance their employability skills. She and her husband, Robert, have lived in Charlotte for the past nine years after being stationed at several different duty stations while Robert served in the United States Army for 20 years. They are both actively involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars activities that support veterans and their families.

“My father served in the Army and he always taught us about the importance of supporting those who fight for our freedom,” Wanda said. “I am a very passionate person and treasure this opportunity to work hard for those dearest to my heart: veterans. I know that freedom is not free, there is a woman, man, son, daughter, brother, sister, husband or wife right now giving up their freedom and family time to serve our country.”

With this combination of experience and passion at Goodwill, we know our veterans and their families will be in good hands while making their transition home.

Bo Hussey, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont

 

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