Conservation Corps Gives Military Vets a New Direction in Civilian Life

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Conservation Corps Gives Military Vets a New Direction in Civilian Life

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 1:00pm

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Karla Rubio has struggled to find steady work since leaving the U.S. Army in 2007.

She found her Army job as a mortuary affairs specialist — working with the bodies of service members who died overseas and participating at military funerals — did not translate into the civilian world. She has also juggled college classes in law enforcement with a series of jobs, mostly in retail, while raising two sons, now 5 and 8.

At 27, she needed something more reliable, with a future.

Rubio recently stumbled across an item on the Internet that the California Conservation Corps was seeking military veterans for a job-training program. She joined in January.

“I like it a lot,” she said. “It keeps me active, provides money for me and my kids and has a lot of opportunity.”

The program, funded in part through a $35,000 Edison International grant to the Conservation Lands Foundation, provides veterans up to 29 years old with training in trail structures and habitat enhancement while paying them a salary. After one year and some required volunteer work, Conservation Corps veterans qualify for financial aid for their education.

Read the story on Edison International's Online Newsroom.

Keywords: Diversity & Human Resources | California Conservation Corps | Edison International | Veterans | job-training program

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