Warriors to Workforce Program Graduates First Intern Class - Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy (VAAA)
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Warriors to Workforce Program Graduates First Intern Class

November 19, 2014

From the VAntage Point Blog
by Laura Edwards

The first 26 graduates of VA’s Acquisition Academy Acquisition Internship School’s Warriors to Workforce (W2W) Program flank Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson who officiated the ceremony; celebrating three years of hard work.

It all began three years ago when Veterans from across the country began a journey with the VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA) Acquisition Internship School’s Warriors to Workforce (W2W) Program.  Twenty-six Veterans decided to continue their service to America as federal acquisition professionals.  Between them, they have seven Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, more than 190 years of military experience and represent three branches of service.

“The program offers new hope and a career path for our wounded warriors and provides a critical source of talent for the federal workforce,” said VAAA Chancellor Melissa Starinsky.  “It’s a win-win.”

The W2W Program was created to provide returning wounded Veterans with an opportunity to apply military experiences and skills to a new professional field.  Thursday, Nov. 6, marked the culmination of their journey as they graduated and transitioned to full-time federal contract specialists.

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