Support Military Spouses

Your contribution will create career opportunities for those serving our country.

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Project Description

Our Mission:

Eliminate barriers to great careers for military spouses. 

 Colonel Camerone Trent, US Army Reserves (ret.) with her husband Mike. Military spouses, male or female, earn less, have less opportunity for 401K stability, and often reinvent their careers with each move. This means starting over in a lateral position, sacrificing promotions and financial gains.

 
So Why Veterans ASCEND?

We built a revolutionary platform that eliminates employment barriers for veterans and propels them toward great careers after their military service. Veterans ASCEND is actively and successfully matching hundreds of veterans with exceptional employers.

Now we want to do the same for military spouses.

100% of what you give will go toward our mission. Every $5, $10, or $100 will make sure military spouses across the country are:

  • recognized and hired for their skills;
  • connected with career opportunities; and
  • can continue to progress financially.

Give today and make a difference.

 

We moved to South Carolina in 2004.  I was in the IRR and Chris was a reservist.  As the war kicked off - so did our military careers.  We put family FIRST and all the rest just fell into place.  After Chris' first deployment to Iraq he went full time Army National Guard.  He deployed many times and is currently commanding a brigade out of Colorado.  After eight years active duty in the Marine Corps I did the next 22 years in the reserve - as our children came first.  We wanted to stay in Greenville South Carolina - so we did.  We both deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan/Qatar several times - but never at the same time - that was always our commitment - family first.

We asked for help from neighbors - and they wanted to do their part to serve our country - so we let them!!!!  They helped with carpool, support - whatever we needed - they were glad to do it.

With the help of Veterans Ascend you can get hired for your skills, you bring to the civilian world.  Civilian employers WANT to do their part and hire veterans and veterans' spouses - so let them!!!!

I met my husband, Mike, after he was full time with the National Guard in South Carolina.  Prior to his service with the National Guard, he served in the Army with the 82nd and 3ID and deployed to Iraq twice.  He did leave the military for a few months but realized very quickly that he needed the military in his life.  Mike was fortunate enough to become a recruiter with the guard and then receive a full time AGR position where he could be a soldier every day. 

We never went through a deployment together, but we did face a number of challenges.  In 2015, Mike started becoming concerned about what life would be like once he left the military.  He had been in the military since 1999 (with the exception of those few months), and Mike would talk about things he would love to do – from going to culinary school to working at the local county dump (I really think this was his favorite plan!).  But I knew he was anxious about life as a civilian.  Unfortunately, we never had the chance to really work through this together as he passed away in September of 2016. 

Because of Mike, both before and after he died, I have become involved in a number of veteran organizations and support groups.  And one of the challenges I hear frequently throughout many of the groups is finding employment opportunities or struggling to communicate military experience to civilian opportunities.  Veterans Ascend offers a way to translate this for both military and civilians.  In my professional life, I work in Human Resources and so Veterans Ascend is something that has just fit in both areas of my life.  On a personal side, I would have loved to be able to show Mike how many options are available once you leave the military and on a professional side, I love being able to showcase the company I work for as an option for those getting ready to leave or have already left the military. 

I met my husband Rich in 2013 in Clarksville, TN.  He is in 5th Special Forces and we have be through five deployments since we met.  As a recent graduate with my bachelors degree, it is nerve wracking as not only a military spouse, but also as a mother to enter the workforce.  While I have yet to experience it myself, I have seen firsthand how difficult it is for friends in similar situations to find work.  Many of us have spent hundreds of hours volunteering with the Family Readiness Group yet find it difficult to explain or show how this experience translates into skills when applying for jobs. Veterans Ascend is a wonderful program to not just help veterans, but also their spouses.  

I understand firsthand, the challenges veterans and military spouses face. Moving every 2-3 years, packing up, leaving your network and starting over. When I left the Navy after 9 years I was told "you're a female, you can get a job as an Administrative Assistant because no one will care or understand what you did in the Navy." My skills were discounted and pushed aside. Unfortunately, not much has changed in 30 years. So I created Veterans ASCEND to put skills front and center. Matching on skills, location and salary, we are completely changing the way employers find and hire great employees - Our veterans and military spouses.

We are deeply grateful for any and all contributions. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Updates

The Project FAQs

What is Veterans ASCEND?

Veterans ASCEND is a proprietary, skills matching employment platform. Military occupations are translated into a list of technical skills. Employers create an unlimited number of job profiles and choose the skills they need for each one. Veterans ASCEND matches their job profiles with veteran skills profiles. Employers then review an unlimited number of veteran profiles and unlock the contact information to schedule an interview. Veterans ASCEND creates more success for veterans and employers. Employers instantly know what skills veterans have based on their military service. Decreases time to hire and provides employers the ability to look at a veteran's skills across their organization.

It’s free for all veterans. We are not a job board. We are a skills translator that goes further for our veterans. No resume, no applying for jobs. We bring the employers to the veterans based on their skills.

Why Veterans ASCEND?

Veterans ASCEND is changing the way employers find and hire veterans. Job boards filter out veterans 95% of the time. Military translators can provide a list of skills and a list of jobs associated with the military occupation. The problem? These job boards and military translators do not take into account all the skills that go into a particular military occupation and they require a veteran to submit a resume and apply.

Veterans ASCEND turns the hiring process around. We bring the employers to the veteran.

 What are the fees?

It’s free for all veterans and will be for military spouses.

Employers choose a subscription level that fits their hiring needs.

$150 per month for a single user to unlock 20 profiles.

$250 per month for two users to unlock 100 profiles.

$400 per month for up to five users to unlock 200 profiles.

Employers can list an unlimited number of job profiles and review an unlimited number of veteran profiles that match to their jobs and only unlock those that will be called for an interview.

Can only women donate?

Absolutely not! We welcome support from anyone who believes in our work and mission.  We also have options for companies to get a discount on a subscription.

When will we receive our rewards/when will our subscription activate?

The campaign ends on September 2, 2019. All rewards will be sent by the end of September. The subscriptions can start as soon as the day after the campaign ends or it can be held until the military spouse module is available in addition to the veteran side.

What will you be doing with the funds?

100% of the funds will be used to develop, program and enhance our skills matching program for veterans and military spouses. There are several core changes needed to ensure military spouses can enter an occupation, have that translated to skills and get their profile matched directly to an employer.

This fundraiser will allow us to do more of what we have been doing for veterans over the last six months and now add military spouses.

 Who should I contact if I have a question?

Please email talent@veteransascend.com with any questions about our iFund Women campaign or about Veterans ASCEND.

 Are you a non-profit?

We are an LLC Partnership. We are working to create a foundation (501c-3 nonprofit) to work with universities, veteran/military family nonprofits and government agencies.

 Where is Veterans ASCEND?

Veterans ASCEND is a national program. We have veterans in all 50 states and employers across the country. We are headquartered in Greenville, SC.

 

 

 

Celeste Purdie
09/24/2019
Command
$25
Courtney Hughey
09/24/2019
Command
$25
Stephanie Sills
09/21/2019
Monetary Contribution
$25
Meghan Jahnke
09/20/2019
Master Chief
$50
Darren Curtis
09/06/2019
Captain
$250
08/13/2019
Captain
$250
Jason Holeman
08/09/2019
Captain
$250
Alison Saavedra
08/08/2019
American Pride
$100
08/08/2019
Colonel
$500
Dan Rundle
07/26/2019
Colonel
$500
Monetary Contribution

Your support means everything to us. We would be so grateful for your donation (of any amount - truly, every dollar counts!) and honored to have you behind us so we can all make a difference in the lives of our military families.

Thank you in advance!

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Private First Class

Our infinite gratitude and a shout out on social media!

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Staff Sergeant

"I Support Military Families" window cling.

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Command

"I Support Military Families" car coaster and window cling.

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"I Support Military Families" t-shirt and window cling

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Master Chief

"I Support Military Families" 12oz Stainless Steel tumbler and window cling

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American Pride

8x10 handpainted watercolor of the American flag. Original artwork by a military spouse.

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Captain

Three month Basic subscription on Veterans ASCEND. ($450 value)

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Colonel

Three month Banner subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($750 value) and recognition on our website.

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One year Basic subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($1,800 value), recognition on social media and our website.

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Two Star

One year Banner subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($3,000 value), recognition on social media and our website.

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One year Brass subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($4,800 value), recognition on social media and our website.

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Monetary Contribution

Your support means everything to us. We would be so grateful for your donation (of any amount - truly, every dollar counts!) and honored to have you behind us so we can all make a difference in the lives of our military families.

Thank you in advance!

1 Supporter
Contribute
$5
Private First Class

Our infinite gratitude and a shout out on social media!

0 Supporters
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$10
Staff Sergeant

"I Support Military Families" window cling.

0 Supporters
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$25
Command

"I Support Military Families" car coaster and window cling.

2 Supporters
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$35
Sergeant Major

"I Support Military Families" t-shirt and window cling

0 Supporters
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$50
Master Chief

"I Support Military Families" 12oz Stainless Steel tumbler and window cling

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1 Supporter
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$100
American Pride

8x10 handpainted watercolor of the American flag. Original artwork by a military spouse.

98 Left
2 Supporters
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$250
Captain

Three month Basic subscription on Veterans ASCEND. ($450 value)

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3 Supporters
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$500
Colonel

Three month Banner subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($750 value) and recognition on our website.

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$1,000
One Star

One year Basic subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($1,800 value), recognition on social media and our website.

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$2,000
Two Star

One year Banner subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($3,000 value), recognition on social media and our website.

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$3,000
Three Star

One year Brass subscription on Veterans ASCEND ($4,800 value), recognition on social media and our website.

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