San Diego County News interviewed retired Navy Senior Chief Michelle Warnecke who threw the first pitch at the San Diego Padres home game against the Tampa Bay Rays in August.
Warnecke recalls her first civilian job after 20 years in the Navy, and career choices. On August 3, at the age of 44, she graduated from National University with an MBA and a couple of days later on August 5, she began her employment at the County of San Diego as a Facility Analyst.
With support from the Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program in Escondido, Warnecke was able to get a range of customized services which individually approached her circumstance in order to help secure civilian employment, including one-on-one counselling, resume support, interviewing skills and employer connections.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 326,000 unemployed veterans in 2018, and 54 percent were age 25 to 54. The majority of unemployed veterans are well into their adult lives and require support services to help transition to civilian life and secure employment.