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Where Opportunity Knox connects 1,000th veteran and/or spouse to employment opportunities

Goal is to connect 10,000 veterans and spouses to jobs in Greater Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 28, 2015) — Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville region by 2017, announced today that it has reached an initial milestone with more than 1,000 veterans connected with employment opportunities throughout the region.

knoxA total of 1,036 veterans and spouses have been connected with employment opportunities through the program since Where Opportunity Knox was launched in September 2014.

Approximately 130,000 Soldiers transition from active duty service annually through the Army Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) which is headquartered at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command located at Fort Knox. More than 3,000 of those transitioning Soldiers are from Fort Knox. Proximity to Fort Knox makes the Greater Louisville region uniquely suited to become a Veteran talent magnet to meet the workforce needs of regional employers, while leveraging this proximity as a distinct competitive advantage for business retention, expansion and attraction.

This initiative is not a job placement service but instead is about developing a pipeline of transitioning Veterans who are looking for a post-military place to live and work — a place that values Veterans, offers a high-level quality of life and has a diverse and robust economy with available jobs and careers. Through a network of Regional Veteran Connectors (RVCs) and a host of knowledgeable volunteers, Where Opportunity Knox is making the connections Veterans need to find the right civilian job and the right civilian community.

Where Opportunity Knox also provides an online resource for transitioning families to get information about the overall quality of life in the Greater Louisville Region including jobs, schools and more.