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Causes: Job Training, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Vocational Counseling

Mission: The mission of the all-volunteer Veterans Transition Support nonprofit is to close the gap between military service and civilian life by removing the current barriers to employment for homeless veterans, unemployed veterans and transitioning military service members through job training, one-on-one job search mentoring, and sponsorship of employment related resources to sustain the jobs they land.

Results: The current Veterans Transition Support activity includes providing no cost resume writing, job training, job search assistance, professional credentials, networking to veteran friendly corporations, and sponsorship of free work clothes, gas cards, and bus passes to help veterans sustain the jobs they land. 100% of the 436 Veterans Transition Support clients who asked for 1 on 1 employment assistance have landed jobs worth $19,675,700 in first year salaries. 4754 veterans were provided with OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training and 793 veterans were provided with OSHA 30 Hour Safety Training since 2014. 2094 veterans were provided LEAN Continuous Improvement Training at no cost to the veteran since 2014. 2176 veterans attended the “Preparing to File a VA Disability Claim” course at no cost to the veteran since 2015. 884 veterans attended the "VA Home Loan Benefit" course at no cost to the veteran since 2016. 282 veterans were provided with "10 Day Logistics & Supply Chain" Courses since 2017. 110 veterans received $9500 in gas/food card support since 2016. 1115 veterans completed 875 no cost certificate courses online since 2019.

Target demographics: Veterans Transition from military to civilian life seamlessly by removing current barriers to employment

Direct beneficiaries per year: 945 Veterans with One-on-One Coaching, Civilian Training, Job Placement and Veteran Resources

Geographic areas served: Veterans Transition Support (VTS) is an San Diego County California based 501(c)(3) Nonprofit created specifically to help transitioning service members and veterans bridge the gap from military life into civilian life.

Programs: Veteran Career Management Work shops, OSHA Training Courses, civilian certification courses, Business Networking mixers, On-Boarding support such as gas cards to get to work until first paycheck, Bus passes, business related equipment to get the job, or to do the job, Mock interviews, Resume writing, VA Work Study, MSW Work Study programs for Veteran Outreach.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bob B.6

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a Career and Professional Development Specialist at the Camp Pendleton Base Education Center, I have referred many Marines and Sailors to Veterans Transition Support. They have attended no-cost seminars on OSHA certification, using VA benefits to purchase homes, filing VA disability claims, and even how to qualify for a California Guard Card to become an armed security guard. The people at Veterans Transition Support have offered fantastic support to our military community. I have received much positive feedback about the organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Russell, Kathy and the VTS Team put together some amazing training that have helped me get where I am today.
The OSHA and LEAN training benefited me as I transitioned out after 25 years of active duty and allowed me to have additional skills that are very useful in the civilian job market. This made me a more competitive job seeker and even more attractive employee to the school districts that I have been employed by.
THe VA presentation helped me navigate a new world and properly file for my claims preventing unnecessary headaches and delay.
I am grateful for all they have done for those of us transitioning out into a new career.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with VTS when I was transitioning. Thank you Russell

1 Andres F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Russell Levy and Kathy Burnam have been very professional and helpful through my transition. I have been to All the Free Classes they offer like Osha 10 hour Industry, Osha 10 hour Construction, Osha Silica awareness, and also Lean process improvement. I have also forwarded my OSHA training with low-cost OSHA 30 hour Industry and Construction, and Russell also helped me with getting the experience to become an outreach trainer myself and completed the courses required to become an OSHA outreach instructor for General Industry at UCSD. VTS offers a variety of training and resources. When you attend any of the classses it is also a great place to network.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Greetings, I have used the VTS on several occasions, and the training I have received have been excellent and very professional. All the training was beneficial for me. I have received quite a few certificates from training such as Logistics and Supply Chain management, LEAN Six Sigma Yellow Belt, OSHA 30 General Safety and OSHA 10 General Safety. This training has been very helpful to me. I would recommend Veterans Transition Support (VTS) to anyone who is eligible to attend. Thank you for being available for us Veterans. You are greatly appreciated.

Ronnie C. Whitener
US Army (Retired)

1 alexK52

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Veterans Transition Support team helped me with full time training / job services .I highly recommend their service .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The "Veterans Transition Support " team helped me directly to find a full time job .I`ve been employed for the past 2 years and like my work.
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m the guy who usually keeps his opinion to himself and would never put anything on the Internet. Well here I am doing both in hopes this information will get to even more Veterans. I’ve been preparing for the “Transition” that’s ahead . The support I have received from VTS is like nothing I ever expected; support is an understatement; it’s the personal caring of Russell Levy that sets VTS apart. You will walk away with a lot more than just classroom materials and confidence in applying what is learned. Thanks VTS.
Kevin Shelton(MGySgt)

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization was introduced to me while still on Active Duty. The personnel are well knowledgeable, experienced, and overall great human beings. I participated in the OSHA 10 hour training as well as the LEAN certification. Overall, my experience with this organization has been fruitful and an excellent experience. Glory to God for selfless humans at VTS.

1 Jazsm T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got out of the military scared. I joined right after high school and I had zero experience with the civilian world. On top of that I had to be medically discharged. I did not know where to go with my life and I was scared, because I didn’t know where to turn to and being stuck I didn’t want to be homeless. I was lucky to see the “Veteran Transition Support” gave me the courage that I won’t fail and if I ever go to a job interview and they see am just a veteran. I’ll probably be asked what are my qualifications or what can I bring on the table to support the business. I thought about it, I didn’t really know what to say if this was in real life. I have nothing to say just that my only qualification was i was in the infantry. The Veteran Transition Support helped me to be able to transition military qualifications to civilian. Example when I think of conducting field day I can’t say that in a interview, but the veterans transition support got me to say “I am LEAN certified meaning I can see waste and think how to minimize it in the work environment and is operated in 5s. Veterans transition support has gave me the confidence to get back into the civilian workforce when I see am ready to keep fighting because sometimes in a fight you need to know your value and assets because I didn’t know. Thank you so much “Veteran Transition Support” for helping me see my worth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just completed the OSHA 30 hr General Safety with Russell and his team and I had an amazing experience. I recommend any course offered by the VTS to all transitioning service member. The courses are very informative and it’s a great way to utilize resources and connect with other transitioning service members. I will be attending more courses myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The care that Russell and his team gives you is more than expected. The genuine interest in your future and ensuring that you are leaving the military with some tools for the future is amazing. I’ve done Lean, OSHA, VA claim and the VA Home Loan provided by the group. I recommend this training to all my military friends leaving from the SoCal area!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took the OSHA 30 class. Russell and his team were excellent there was nothing that they didn’t cover. I learn so much more than I already knew and this class helped me in so many ways. I encourage everyone who is looking for a new career or even just to further their career this is a course they should take. Russell is very good at what he does and so informative and I myself will be going to take more classes and ask as many questions as possible to help further my career and more.

Client Served

Rating: 5


I have had the pleasure of getting to participate in the different programs offered by the Veterans Transition Support (VTS). The staff have really impacted not only myself but the people I care about and educated us on important subjects to lead us to success. I would say that one improvement would be to get them more funding, given they are a non-profit, this would allow them to offer even more programs and continue to serve the community in a great way. I believe that with their excellent training and certificates, it helped me when it came time to getting hired for employment. My wife and I thank VTS and everyone for volunteering their time and helping everyone along the way!

Kwam W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Russell and his team are a great asset to veterans that are transitioning from the military back to civilian life. The time they take to teach and give back to veterans is unprecedented at no cost to service members. There should be more people like Russell out there to help veterans. He also helps with job placement. I will always support Russell, his staff and programs.

Will

Client Served

Rating: 5

I transitioned out of the military and for 4 months struggled to find employment. After being introduced with this program I was able to be employed within 2 weeks of initial contact. Highly appreciative for their professionalism and willingness to help veterans

Daniel F.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to so many courses of theirs. It has changed my life. From veteran fresh out trying to find my way. They have directed me and guided me over the years with eduction to get buying my first home to landing my dream job at Facebook as a Deployment project manager. I’m glad a short conversation in a hallway led me on the right path.

1 Jonathan T.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Russell and the entire team that assists with this great program do an amazing job to ensure service members have the tools and assets to be successful upon their transition back to the civilian sector. They are more than willing to go above and beyond to help a service member out. I especially loved the OSHA courses and the filing a VA claim courses that were offered. There should be more programs like this available at every major installation!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had been in the Marines for 22 years and wanted to start a new career. I took their how to file a disability claim, red cross class and OSHA 10. The how to file a VA disability claim class helped me to get a high enough percentage that I could afford to start over in a new career and make considerably less than I was accustomed to. I now did not have to take the job offers I had in LA or San Bernardino counties. I was able to apply for an apprenticeship in a career I wanted. The OSHA and CPR classes were classes I would need to take as part of the apprenticeship. When I went in for the interview having completed two classes on my own showed I had initiative and I was accepted.
I now have a great career as an electrician.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I took the Osha 10 class which helped me to get into an apprentiship as an electrician. I also took the class on how to submit a VA claim. The class helped me to get a higher VA disability rating. Great job, I will be a future volunteer when I finish my apprentiship. I am an apprentice in San Diego at IBEW 569 SDETT.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

VTS is ran by people that really care, they do so much for veterans that are transitioning, they spend countless hours helping them. Great organization North County is lucky to have them!

2 Guy W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys are amazing. I took the OSHA 10 hour course and enjoyed it so much I signed up and took the OSHA 30 hour course and learned so much about the SOP, PPE, safety and the construction industry. Looking forward to taking more courses with their amazing trainings Russell and team.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolute great experience! Obtained OSHA-30 General Industry certification. Russel and speakers were very motivational, helpful and presented material in “veteran language”. I highly recommend their services and invite all veterans to seek their classes. I appreciate their dedication to helping us veterans get a leg up on civilian transition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Very friendly. Quite knowledgeable.They love to engage in friendly talk but are particularly good in listening.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Providing valuable skills to transitioning service members.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Veterans transition support organization does a phenomenal job working with veterans. Everything from the courses they offer to the one on one mentorship and guidance the provide. The only thing that I wish that they could improve on is offer more course/support to veterans. or be able to advertise more about what they do. I only heard about them through word of mouth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of getting to participate in the different programs offered by the Veterans Transition Support (VTS) here in my local area. The staff have really impacted not only myself but the people I care about and educated us on important subjects to lead us to success. I would say that one improvement would be to get them more funding, given they are a non-profit, this would allow them to offer even more programs and continue to serve the community in a great way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very personable and outgoing. Highly approachable and willing to spend time to assist with advice or career advice. They constantly encourage networking and helping others highly recommend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

VTS is very informative and supportive for those of us who are transitioning to civilian life. I never knew there were so many opportunities out there

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is helping so many people in transitioning their lives from military to civilian, providing learning, training and a higher standard of education for me and others to be more marketable and and ready for the civilian workforce. The hospitality is so great, a lot of snacks, beverages, fruits and food always been provided. I don't have to go but lunch or anything. The training environment is always clean and accommodating. The only improvement is to just continue doing what they are doing. Thank you Mr. Russel, Ms. Kathy and staff.

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Kathy-VTS 09/10/2019

Thank you for your kind words. It is an honor serving those who have served.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The sharing of experiences is what gets the students. Make it more interactive with the students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bringing in top-notch professionals from the field. This trainers/experts are able to share real world situations.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing knowledge and very helpful in understanding all aspects of safety!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Best training in a long time..... A+ 5stars

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The amount of opportunities VTS allows veterans in regards to transitioning out of service is absolutely amazing. I recomend VTS to everyone I know, and look forward to taking more classes with them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are doing such an amazing job here and helping us Veterans and Active service members get an advantage in the civilian workplace and become life changers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

All instructors were subject matter experts on OSHA standards and applications.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great course I have taken all the classes that the VTS has offered I really like this course.What I would improve is that first I would have more class participation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy volunteering with VTS. This organization cares about Veterans and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Veterans Transition Support since 2104. This organization and the volunteers care about training transitioning Veterans success

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough good things about Russell, VTS and Tri County Career Academy. Their LEAN and OSHA courses helped me immensely in my job search and during interviews, and were a key part of my successful transition. I strongly urge every transitioning service member to take advantage of the outstanding opportunities they offer.

Thank you Russell and VTS team!

-Tom Rees, USMC

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm totally pleased with Russ Levy veterans transition achievements at Camp Pendelton.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have the easiest and most applicable transition needs for many people who are getting out of the military. I am very grateful that were there for me and still are and are there for those after me great job!

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Donor

Rating: 5

They are helping so many service members transition way better than the Marine Corps TAP program ever could.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Russel and the VTS team bring their "A" Game!!!!!! I went to the "Lean" Class and WOW!!!!! I told my Commanding Officer about it and showed the Value Stream Mapping Technique and they want VTS to come and do a team building exercise (LEAN) with our whole command. They are the BEST!!!! Thank you so much cant wait to attend your next class!!!! True Motivator with the Soft Skills to implement Change in the transition process.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Russell, Kathy and the VTS team have done and gone above and beyond for the veterans, myself included.
I currently hold a professional certificate from UCSD in Occupational Safety and Health that started with the Free 10 Hr OSHA class from VST. I then received my 30 Hr OSHA, and 30 Hr Construction safety (EM385 1-1).
Now, because of their unmatched support, the UCSD certification made me an Authorized Outreach OSHA Trainer in General Industry.
Not only this phenomenonal and unique opportunity added valued training and experience, it also aided me in making my curent job more effective in the Marines.
Thank you for everything you've done for me and other veterans.
Semper Fi!
Juan G. Pena
MSgt USMC

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff and volunteers of VTS go above and beyond ensuring Veterans transition successfully

Client Served

Rating: 5

VTS is a great organization and what I believe is a tremendous benefit for all transitioning service members who participate. Russell and his team actually care about offering service members a head start on earning valuable skills needed for a variety of industries. I have taken a couple of courses through the VTS program including the LEAN no-cost course which provided valuable insight that I will utilize in earning my LLSGB certification. My only regret is that I did not know about this support sooner and had to move out of the area before I could utilize additional courses. Thank you Russell and the VTS team for all your support! Please continue the great work-- Jodie Brown

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent helped me get the OSHA cert I was seeking. Good environment, and helpful staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

1/2 I took thier resume class, OSHA, and VA classes. They demystified all three for me. I recommend their classes to any veteran transitioning away from the

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a U.S. Navy Veteran and Retired Reservist. Russell's courses helped me stay motivated when I was looking for a job. His professional and sincere caring attitude gave me the strength to keep my chin up and not give up. He is always giving 110% percent of his attention and time to his students and the veterans that need him the most. I highly recommend any U.S. Military Veteran's to sign up and attend his courses especially those that are transitioning back to civilian life. Bravo Zulu to VTS and Russell Levy keep up the stellar work, and thank you Kathy too.

Very Respectfully,
Herbert Y. Garza, PO2
U.S. Navy Retired

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's my personal honour to write words confirming the excellent works of this nonprofit. My family and I have been so blessed and have greatly benefited by the works and ongoings of this fine organisation. I have no complaints, my opinion on improvement is "keep on keeping on"! Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the OHSA -10 and gained a lot of valuable knowledge as well as great advice. I recommended this course to my junior Sailors. I plan to take more of the courses they offer. An organization that truly cares about our veterans! Thank you VTS team!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have recently got married to a marines and moved to my husbands duty station. I have to leave my own career to be with him. It was a supposed to be a difficult transition but because of the Veterans Transition support, I am able to receive additional training and certificates and able to network while searching on a new career. The no cost certificates and training assisted me on gaining certificates to fill my employment gaps. With me being able to focus on our new family and being with my husband, I believe my husband is more focused on his challenges on his career and missions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the LEAN Made EZ weekend course with Russell Levy JD. It was a terrific experience and introduced students to a great deal of relevant resources, especially for veterans and transitioning service members. Highly recommended for anyone who would like to gain invaluable skills that will directly impact your success in the civilian workforce.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Wounded Warrior Marine, Veterans Transition Support has giving me tools, advice, and skills in order to succeed the transition from Active Duty to Civilian. I have now received many compliments from interviewers on my resume, and skills I have towards hiring. As of right now, I have opportunities of work in many different fields because of the OSHA and LEAN classes and certifications I have received through Veterans Transition Support. It should also be noted that Russell and the rest of the team at Veterans Transition Support, will go above and beyond in order to help service members, spouses, veterans, and retirees. I thank them entirely in the help they have given me that has put me in the place I am in now and wish to extend my gratitude by helping them along in any way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Transition Support goes out of the way to help each and every veteran that they are able to reach by building upon their skills and teaching new, valuable skills that will help to transition to the civilian sector. I attended the OSHA 10-Hour safety course and recommended it to several of my peers after attending. I spoke with one of the leaders about some academic and career advising and was impressed and happy with what they provided me. An organization that set out to help veterans and is successfully carrying out that mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Russell Levy and the Veterans Transition Support staff are consummate professionals who deliver top notch training and classes. I have personally benefited from the OSHA 10 Hr Course and the LEAN Program Manager sessions. VTS is very open and receptive to transitioning military personnel and family needs and produce quality support and services. I know of many success stories from those who have been impacted in the most positive way. I highly recommend and endorse VTS. Thanks for who you are and what you do. Keep up the great work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend every courses VTS has to offer. I attended no-cost training on safety and VA compensation claim. I greatly appreciated all the information on VA compensation benefits as far as VA benefits offered to retired military. As far as safety course is concerned, I became aware of the policies involving safety as applied to my current job. A job well done by Russell, Kathy, Miguel and all the other volunteers at Veterans Transition Support to make my transition as seamless as ever.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organziation that helps veterans transition with more options for civilian employment!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I attended VTS (on Camp Pendleton) when in-between planning to retire if not selected for next grade/rank. Fortunately, I was selected and promoted. I found that VTS was very helpful by hearing from veterans experience in the transition process, opportunities out there, and networking. The volunteers that provide information, training were very knowledgeable and helpful. I am now stationed at Camp Lejeune and I don't see as many transition training opportunities as the west coast.

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Russell L. 06/29/2017

We are hoping as more supporters understand the importance of reaching transitioning military service members before they exit all over this great nation that we will be able to offer transitioning programs at every base

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was pretty clueless as to what I wanted to do after retiring from the military and even earning a Master's degree. I went to one of the weekend courses and it completely changed the trajectory of my career. I have since taken follow-on classes that support the initial course and am now working in that field, a field that I'd never considered before being introduced to this organization.

Thank you for your support and giving me some purpose and meaning in my post-military career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VTS is an excellent resource for transitioning veterans. Whether it's informative sessions (Filing a VA Claim) or free training (OSHA, security, etc), they're there to help support.

Thanks for the assists !!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Retire Marine. After serving 26 glorious and tough years in the Corps, I was not sure what direction to take in the rest of my professional life and thanks to VTS and all the connections that they have they helped me devise a plan and direction to take my professional life outside the Marine Corps. Thanks to all the VTS folks that continue to support all the military comunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Transition Support sponsors training for transitioning military personnel. This training has proven to be valuable and can make the transitioning person marketable when entering their next career. Russell and Kathy frequently visited the classes and viewed the subject being taught whether in Long Beach or WWB/Camp Pendleton. They are great mentors with the desire to see military personnel succeed in the civilian sector.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Russell helped me get my CDL and my TWIC card befor I got out. Which got me a good paying job when I got out. I currently work for Ryder integrated logistics. We are contracted through xerox and sharp. So we deliver and install copiers. I deliver all over the state of Washington. And parts of Idaho.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a number of free courses hosted by VTS on various topics from OSHA 10, to financial management. From this training I acquired many great tools for finding a career after I separated from the Navy. I learned about the International Union of Elevator Constructors while taking my OSHA 10 certification and 2 months after Separating from the Navy I found myself employed and enrolled in an apprenticeship to become and Elevator Constructor.