Jonathan Singleton has a very important job. Some might say it’s a calling. He helps wounded veterans. When he’s not working on his bachelor’s degree at the ECPI University Richmond/Moorefield campus, he’s coordinating the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Wounded Veteran Internship Program, a federally funded initiative designed for veterans who are unable to return to a former job due to physical or emotional disabilities.
The program allows veterans to revamp old job skills or develop new ones. VDOT attempts to locate internships close to where the veterans are receiving rehabilitation or living. Jonathan, himself, is a former intern. As a Marine, he was wounded in Iraq during the Battle of Nasiriyah in March 2003. “For me, this is a great chance to pay it forward,” says Jonathan. “This is more than a job. I feel very passionate about serving my fellow vets. Here, we not only help them transition vocationally; we also conduct a variety of workshops to help them with resume writing, interviewing skills, financial management, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” [Read more...]