For many returning veterans, transitioning from the military to civilian careers can be harder than combat duty. According to Brigadier General James Marks, (USA-Ret), “There are approximately one million unemployed veterans under 65.” However, Gen. Marks continues, “it is even worse for young veterans. The unemployment rate for 20 to 24 year old veterans averages an astronomic 30 percent–more than double their civilian counterparts–and these numbers are expected to rise.” (Fox News)
Luckily, a few good men are getting behind our veterans. Steve Zanella, General Manager of MGM Grand Detroit, has joined forces with Hospitality Heroes, a program seeking to help veterans find placement in the hospitality industry. Hospitality Heroes was started by former Marine, Dennis P. Rizzo, Pres/CEO of hospitality executive search firm, Bentley Price Associates, Inc.
Rizzo has partnered with top military brass and major casinos and hotels to get returning veterans placed in positions commensurate with their qualifications and experience.
“Our men and women have a lot to offer. If they get a chance to work their way up, the sky is the limit,” says Rizzo. “Hospitality is one industry that can use military training. Rigorous training taught me to get the job done and done perfectly every time. Today’s men and women in the forces are no different.”
Rizzo has personal experience of coming home after combat service and looking for a job. He is passionate about assisting returning vets and has set about recruiting his hospitality colleagues to the cause.
Steve Zanella and MGM Grand Detroit join a list of major casinos and hotels. “Hospitality Heroes is a great program and we plan to place as many vets as possible,” said Zanella. “This is a great cause that I fully support.”
If you would like to support Hospitality Heroes please contact Dennis Rizzo. http://www.bentleyprice.com