Category: Employment

Jobs For People with PTSD

There’s no question that having PTSD alters the way you live your life, but it doesn’t have to rob you of your livelihood. There are lots of PTSA jobs available for veterans. Among the jobs for PTSD sufferers, you can find a way to earn an income in most any industry. We’ve put together some of the best jobs for  PTSD sufferers for you to consider.

1.      Plumber

Did you enjoy working with your hands while serving our country? Sometimes, keeping the hands busy helps you to avoid PTSD symptoms. With this trade, you can make a good income as well, with an average salary of around $53,000 a year.

2.     Teaching Assistant

Do you enjoy educating the next generation? Even if you don’t want the responsibility of being a teacher, you can assist and receive just as much gratification. Plus, these valuable personnel make around $27,000 per year.

3.     Light Truck Delivery Driver

With so many people ordering online these days, there’s never a shortage of delivery drivers. If you enjoy being out on the road, this might be the profession that suits your needs. Plus, you can make an average of $33,000 a year.

4.     Computer Technician

If you love to tinker with computers, it’s to put your skills to work. As a computer technician, you help others and can also make around $51,000 each year.

5.     Accountant

If you know a lot about managing money, there are plenty of customers that would pay for your expertise. Teach others about finance when you become an accountant, and you can earn around $71,000 a year.

6.     Security Guard

You have protected our country; now it’s time to put those skills to work by guarding private property and other valuable locations. You can feel accomplished after a day at work and make around $29,000 per year.

7.     Groundskeeper

Does working with plants and being outdoors make you feel better? Enjoy the warm sunshine as a groundskeeper. Be one with nature and make around $29,000 each year.

8.     Dog Trainer

Spend time with man’s best friend when you train dogs. Teach them a new trick and watch your bank account increase about $29,000 per year.

9.     Business Owner

You can be your own boss by putting whatever knowledge you have to work. Not only do you get to make your own hours and rules, but you can also make an unlimited amount of income.

    10. General Manager

If you don’t want to run your own company, consider helping someone else by managing employees and operations. The income level will vary based on what industry you choose.

PTSD And Holding Down A Job

PTSD sufferers can maintain a job with the help provided by Mt. Carmel Service Center. We are here to help you train for the job, interview and maintain it year after year. Talk to us about resume building, job training, mock interviews and PTSD counseling.

Mount Carmel Service Center Career Services

Mt. Carmel is dedicated to helping veterans just like you. We will work with you to build your resume, perform mock interviews and even help you find that next job. We even pair veterans to recommended employers and the resources that get you hired.

Best Transition Jobs for Military Veterans

It’s possible to find high-quality jobs for veterans in every industry. By utilizing the skills you’ve already learned, you can build an enjoyable career without a lot of stress. Here are some of the 10 best transition jobs for military veterans to consider.

1. Plumber

You might have already learned the basics of plumbing while serving your country. You can choose to work for an established company in your area or venture out on your own. The average salary for a plumber is around $53,000 yearly.

2. Carpenter

Another skilled trade for veterans is a carpenter. If you enjoy working with your hands and creating high-quality pieces, your expertise is in demand. You might even make, on average around $46,000 yearly.

3. Teacher

Likely, you’ve already taught a lot of people during your time in the service. If you want to pursue a job in education, there are many positions available to you. From making an average of $26,000 as a teaching assistant to $60,000 yearly as a high school teacher, there’s no end to the ways you can use your passion.

4. Mechanical Engineer

Military vets often have engineering training, which is why it makes sense to pursue a job in this field. Some companies prefer to hire veterans because they understand that the quality of work will be top-notch. You can make on average, about $87,000 yearly.

5. Airline Pilot

Do you have flying experience from your time in the military? If so, you might thoroughly enjoy flying for one of the major airlines. It doesn’t hurt that the average pay is also about $140,000 yearly.

6. Light Truck Delivery Driver

If you prefer not to travel from home, consider driving trucks locally. You can drive during the day and be home with your family at night. The average pay for these types of jobs is $32,000 a year.

7. Registered Nurse

If you enjoyed taking care of the sick and wounded during your time in the military, it makes sense to continue that career as a nurse. You can work as much or as little as you want as nurses are always in demand. You can also expect an average pay of $71,000 a year.

8. Computer Programmer

Because our military systems are high-tech, you likely have some IT experience that proves to be valuable in the civilian sector. Consider the benefits of computer programming and enjoy an average salary of $84,000 a year.

9. General Manager

Did you build leadership skills in the service? Put them to use when you become a general manager over a team. You can work in almost any sector and make an average of $100,000 yearly.

10. Police Officer

You already have the skills to maintain law and order. Serve your community by providing valuable protection for your neighbors. The average pay for a cop is $61,000. While most people might not consider this a low-stress job, you will likely feel at home after your time in the service.

Mount Carmel Service Center Career Services

Whatever career you want to pursue, Mt. Carmel is available to help you. We work with veterans to create the ultimate resume as well as perform mock interviews so you can be comfortable. If you need further training to land that job, we are ready to provide additional education. We also pair our veterans with recommended employers and other resources to ensure that your job is the one you have hoped for.

See our Employment page to learn more.

Benefits A Veteran Receives from a Veteran Service Center

Both the veteran and their family qualify for numerous benefits from the Veteran Service Center. While the list is endless, we will take a look at a few of the top benefits offered for free to both the veteran, their spouse and the entire family.

Career Services


–          Career placement

We help you and your families find meaningful employment. This can be either a contract position in the field of your choice or a permanent job.

–          Employer Networking

The best way to find employment that matters is to participate in employer networking. We bring together the top companies in the area with qualified workers to ensure a perfect match.

–          Job Fairs

Join one of our local job fairs to connect with even more employers in your chosen industry.

Job Training


–          Resume Building

To stand out, you must have an exceptional resume. Our professionals know how to use your skills and talents to make a lasting impression on employers.

–          Mock Interviews

Before you head to that interview, gain some necessary skills by practicing with our team. We will help you become confident and land that job.

–          Career Training

If you need additional training to work into a position, we are ready to help you get the education you deserve.

–          Skill Assessments

Our staff assesses your skills to help you determine if you need further training or you are ready to go. We work with you to figure out what field is best for your expertise.

–          Personality Tests

Different personalities excel at various positions and we can help you fulfill your deepest passions by matching you to a job that caters to your personality type.

–          Aptitude Tests

Our aptitude tests allow us to figure out your abilities and gauge how you will react in various situations.

–          Certifications

We can help you receive the certifications you need to excel at your dream job.

Spousal Support


Your spouse gains full access to all of our career and job training resources. Both of you have access to career counseling and other benefits at no charge.

Educational Benefits


–          Back-To-School Planning

If you plan to head back to school for additional training, we will help you prepare.

–          Tuition Assistance

Our team finds the means to help you pay for your tuition. You don’t have to navigate the financial aid sector alone.

Financial Education

–          Financial Coaching & Planning

We want you to succeed with money, which is why we have coaches on staff that work with you on a financial plan and coaching.

–          VA Mortgage Education & Financing

If you are ready to buy a home, our financial team also provides education and financing for that mortgage.

Behavior Health


–          PTSD

It’s not uncommon to suffer from PTSD after deployment. Our trained support team knows how to bring you peace of mind effectively.

–          Counseling

You can discuss all of your issues and concerns with a trusted counselor. Our team understands what you are going through and offers practical guidance.

–          Wellness Retreats

Treat yourself to some additional refreshment when you participate in our specialized wellness activities. We work on creating a whole person through the mind, spirit and body.

–          Tai Chi Boxing & Energetics

You can get physically active and relieve some stress with our Tai Chi boxing classes.

Legal Support & Assistance


–          Civil Legal Advice

If you face a civil legal matter, you don’t have to navigate it alone. Let our expert team guide you.

–          Family Law

Don’t tackle the stress of family court on your own. Whether you are dealing with divorce, child custody or support, our team knows how to make the process easier.

–          Bankruptcy

If you need to file bankruptcy, you want an expert by your side.

–          Foreclosure

Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid a foreclosure, but we know how to get through the process with ease.

–          Pro Bono Lawyers

Our pro bono lawyers are ready to direct and guide you to success.

Additional Resources


The list of benefits from the Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center is endless. Whether you or your family require some extra support, you can find it all at our veterans service center. Contact us for more information.

Vote for Mt. Carmel at Goat Patch Brewing Company celebration July 27

 

Shown Above: Former Army Ranger Justin Grant, owner of Goat Patch Brewing Company, and Retired Army Col. Bob McLaughlin, Mt. Carmel Chief Operating Officer, hold up voting tokens at Goat Patch Brewing Company.

Social Impact Helps Veterans:

Join us for a Beer at Goat Patch this Saturday

Mt. Carmel proudly salutes Goat Patch Brewing Company’s, “It Takes a Tribe Initiative,” a year-long effort celebrating two local non-profits. When Goat Patch visitors order award-winning, It Takes a Tribe Red Ale, they receive a token to cast a vote representing a 25-cent donation to one of two organizations.

At the Goat Patch Anniversary Party, July 27, 11 am-9 pm, a check will be presented at 3:30 pm to Mt. Carmel (and the other non-profit) representing the year-long initiative. “The minute we opened our doors we started giving back to our community and this is a big part of it,” said Justin Grant, former Army Ranger & Owner. “This is why July is such an important time – you can bring your friends and vote over and over in support of great organizations, up to and including our Anniversary Party.” Goat Patch is located at the former Lincoln Elementary School, 2727 N. Cascade. Learn more: goatpatchbrewing.com

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GoatPatchLogo Save the date for Goat Patch Celebration July 27, 11 am - 9 pm Picture of Goat Patch Pint of Beer and a stack of voting tokens

Veterans among latest Electrician Apprenticeship Grads

With veterans among them, and some veteran-owned companies to benefit from their new skills, Mt. Carmel joined celebrations for the newest Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training graduates recognized in ceremonies July 19. The event was hosted by IBEW Local Union 113 and NECA Southern Colorado Chapter. The 67th Annual Apprentice Completion Ceremony also celebrated 330 years of service represented in presentation of service pins to first-year apprentices through 65-year members. “I still love what I do and have a passion for it; when you have a passion, it’s not a job,” said Dan Rockhill II, owner of Rockhill Electrical Systems. Every Rockhill job still has his Dan’s hand on it. He was presented his own pin representing 50 years of membership and watched his son James receive his 20 year pin at the ceremony. Dan served on the apprenticeship committee over 25 years interviewing apprentice candidates referred from organizations including Mt. Carmel and our partners at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. “We have 20 minutes to interview and determine if a candidate has potential to succeed in this apprenticeship.” Electrical workers remain one of the most highly-skilled and in-demand trades with wages ranging from $27-100K-plus from a first year apprentice to a supervisor electrician.  Mt. Carmel and our partners can help Veterans enter this growing career opportunity. 

Dan Rockhill II with his son, James
Dan Rockhill II with his son, James. Regional business owners, the two longtime electricians routinely hire and mentor new electricians from the veteran community.

 

 

 

 

 

Celebration and Reflection on Family, Service and Sacrifice

by Retired Army Col. Bob McLaughlin, Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, Chief Operating Officer

The many special dates on the calendar in May brought great celebration and reflection this month. Allow me to highlight just a few.

On May 10, we marked Military Spouse Appreciation Day. The spouses of our military heroes face many unique challenges as they support their service member serving our nation, not the least of which is the hardship of managing and maintaining a career of their own as they transition from one duty station to another.

As the nation enjoys historically low unemployment of less than five percent, our military spouses do not. They face nationwide unemployment of 16 to 24 percent, depending on which survey you read, and underemployment averaging 56 percent. These stats are unacceptable and negatively impact quality of life for military and veteran families. The Mt. Carmel team is doing its part to combat this inequality.

   In partnership with regional ABC affiliate KRDO and the MilHousing Network, we hosted the National MilSpouse Career Summit with live-webcast from Mt. Carmel. The effort was carried via webcast to ABC affiliate pages in 13 cities with large military and veteran communities. The effort featured employers and resources responding to audience questions submitted over social media. Bringing awareness and viable employment options to a wide audience is one positive step we have taken. Video of the informative and inspiring event is posted to our website at veteranscenter.org

As we near Memorial Day, we will pause and take a knee to honor our brothers and sisters who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live free and bountiful lives. With several inspiring community services on that day, please find an appropriate moment to honor all who died in service to our nation.

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Your generosity enables us to provide vital services to veterans and their families through our programs, resources and education. At Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, we make it easy for military and their families to receive the support and services they need by bringing a broad range of agencies and programming together under one roof.

 

 

 

Veteran Jobs & Veteran Spouse Jobs

Jobs for veterans and jobs for veteran spouses are among the many benefits of partnering with Mt. Carmel Veterans Services.

“At Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center it is our pleasure to serve those who have protected us.”

It is our goal to find you and your families the career that creates purpose and meaning in your life. To do this, we provide many services that pair veterans and their spouses with the right job in Colorado Springs. Our services provide local businesses the opportunity to employ Americas finest, our Veterans.

 

Jobs for Veterans

At Mt. Carmel, we have career specialists available to assist veterans and veteran spouses in job search and training. We offer one-on-one assistance with someone that’s been in a situation similar to yours. With this support, you and your significant other receive the backing of our entire team. We can work with you to develop your resume, network with others, gain valuable job leads, interviewing techniques, and engage in mock interview events. We also host job fairs for veterans and their spouses throughout the year, plus put on some workshops and networking events to help you feel more comfortable.

Jobs for Veteran Spouses: The MilSpouse Career Program

Veteran jobs aren’t all we specialize in; we strive to find quality jobs for veteran spouses who serve on the home front as well. Veteran families also sacrifice for our country; therefore, they too, deserve only the best.  Our MilSpouse Career Program offers assistance with direct support. We provide the same services provided to our veterans which include career readiness workshops, networking opportunities, resource referrals, and volunteer positions.

Job Fair for Veterans & Veteran Spouses

At Mt. Carmel, we host regular job fairs to give local employers the opportunity to showcase a variety of new jobs available for veterans and jobs for veteran spouses. Likewise, veterans and spouses can connect to employers that want the skill, dedication, and loyalty offered by a veteran employee. Each job fair for veterans and their families includes 10 to 30 employers. We also provide industry-specific markets to help pair you with the position that you desire. The participants of these job fairs have already been vetted and ensure you’ll receive a quality position with livable wages. After all, you deserve only the best, and we want to guarantee you find the job that fulfills you.

Recruiting Veterans

Employers want to provide jobs for veterans because they know they will receive a worker that is dedicated and committed. At Mt. Carmel, we work with many local companies to place our clients in positions every day. We also offer mentorship opportunities that teach valuable skills to our veterans in their desired career field. Employers can also join the internship program to provide jobs to veterans and their spouses.  Mentorship enables workers to gain additional skills and challenges beyond their comfort zone. One of the benefits of becoming an intern is that you don’t leave gaps in your employment history and have a better chance of finding future work. Plus, at the end of the internship, many companies will offer paid positions to veterans that have proved they are committed to the company.

Customized Veteran Job Services Include:

In addition to the jobs for veterans and jobs for veteran spouses, we offer our clients a wide range of other pre-employment services. Veteran job placement is just the beginning of what we can to provide you with. Here’s a full list of the veteran job services we have available.

  • Mock interviews
  • Internships: training for a specified industry
  • Professional resume building
  • Customized job coaching services
  • One-on-one training – both on and off the job site
  • Discovering your career personality
  • Industry spotlight days
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Marketable skill building
  • Techniques to enhance your resume
  • Career workshops
  • Job search
  • Veteran job fairs
  • Networking opportunities
  • Employer recruiting events
  • Resource referrals
  • E-subscription to Transitions (quarterly publication offers by Mt Carmel for all job-seeking It provides search tips, job seeker success stories, employment-related events and highlights some community partners)