Goodwill joins South Carolina veterans workforce initiative.

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Veterans' Affairs are banding together to ensure veterans and their families have access to the strongest network of education, employment and family support services, a Goodwill news release stated.

Goodwill and SCDVA signed a memorandum of understanding for the nonprofit to formally join other veteran-serving organizations under the South Carolina Veteran Coalition powered by "Combined Arms," the release stated. Combined Arms creates a network for organizations to more easily and effectively communicate and identify available services for veterans and their families, and then make referrals as needed.

GIUMSC's spectrum of programs have long-supported veterans looking for education and employment assistance, directly placing hundreds of the veterans into meaningful jobs each year, the release stated.

"Our hope is that no one who stands up in service of our country ever feels lost, hopeless, or unprepared for life after active duty," said GIUMSC President and CEO Patrick Michaels in the release. "As an Army veteran, Goodwill was my 'stepping stone' to the civilian...

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