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Nearly 40 years ago, in 1980, General Robert H. Barrow, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, noted: "Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics."

It’s a mantra that has been embraced by every branch of the U.S. armed forces. Logistics is critical to military operations: When a unit deploys, it packs up the equivalent of a small city and moves it to another part of the world. In fact, the success of the operation often depends on the effectiveness of its supply chain. Simply by virtue of their military service, veterans are steeped in material handling, management, distribution and transportation experience.

Further, veterans bring a host of professional skills and attributes to their civilian careers. They know how to build and work within teams, lead others effectively to solve problems, are capable of strategic planning, communicate effectively, adapt to challenges, and apply initiative to tackle different and variable job tasks.

All these factors make veterans a perfect fit for job openings in the warehousing, logistics and supply chain field.

The VETS to WERC program debuted at WERC’s 39th Annual Conference for Logistics Professionals in spring 2016. Hear what those involved had to say about the program. 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: 
Russ Duvall, President, WEN TI BU DA, LLC
Naval Reserve Lt. Commander, Supply Corps - Submarine Qualified (Supply) 1962-1969; 1970-1977

MY STORY: "I joined WERC to continue to stay abreast of the progress being made in the Logistics industry.  Over the years, I have worked for several companies through which I have been acquainted with WERC and attended a couple of the Annual Conferences."

[ Read more about Member Spotlight: Russ Duvall >> ]

How To Deploy Military Veterans In Your Workforce 
Lt. Col. Brian Gilman, director of national organizations and interagency collaboration in the chairman's office of reintegration in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, connects the dots between the supply chain industry’s workforce needs and the skills and attributes veterans possess.

Putting Vets To Work (At WERC)
Master Sergeant Adam Martinez, Northeast region deputy director of the U.S. Army Soldier for Life program, shares some of the unique skills veterans bring to supply chain careers in any industry.

Supporting Our Soldiers For Life
Lieutenant Colonel Mark B. Sherkey, the Northeast and European regions director of the U.S. Army Soldier for Life program, highlights the inherent logistics management skills of both military veterans and military spouses—and the benefits that expertise brings to employers.

Advancing The Lives And Careers Of Our Veterans
Wendy Lang, director of Operation College Promise—a policy, research and education program that supports the transition and advancement of veterans—explains how mission-centric veterans can always be relied upon to complete a logistics task.

Vets Come Prepared To Work
Ron Cain, CEO and chairman of the board for Legacy Supply Chain Services (founding sponsor of VETS to WERC) discusses the line-for-line connection between the skills and character of military veterans and the needs of employers throughout the supply chain.

Putting Vets To Work In Logistics
Gary Master, publisher of DC Velocity (a co-sponsor of VETS to WERC), discusses the natural synergy between military veterans and careers in logistics.

WERC CEO On Highlights Of The 2016 Conference
Michael Mikitka, CEO of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), shares some of the highlights of WERC's 2016 Annual Conference, including the launch of VETS to WERC and the resources it provides.

Ready to learn more? The VETS to WERC program offers a variety of resources to help both employers and veterans leverage both the soft skills and logistics expertise of former service persons bring to supply chain careers.