Connecting Veterans to Career Opportunities

Why We Do It:

Veteran suicide rates are disturbingly high, most of which are onset by financial hardship; the VA estimates that over 300,000 veterans are homeless on any given night; the Defense Department reports that over 17,200 service members have been wounded by hostile action in the last decade.  America cannot afford to forget that a great nation owes its warriors.

Labor Department statistics show the unemployment rate for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than the national rate, with the rate for veterans under 24 topping almost 20% in July 2012.  Boots to Suits commits to helping drastically decrease the unemployment rate of the men and women who served this country.

 


 

Who’s Behind It:

The Boots to Suits force is comprised solely from volunteers, all military veterans – from recent combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan to tenured business careers. Our volunteer force  has proven essential to objectively mentoring veterans in the skills to achieve success in business and education while networking them into quality professional positions with reputable companies.

 


 

About our Founder:

Drew Peneton is an Army veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Described as a “thought leader” by the Chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management and a six-term Mayor, his first-hand stories have “helped educate

business executives and policymakers…about the experienced positive attitude he and his fellow veterans can bring to the world of business.”

Drew is now a finance professional with a background in field supervision and operations management for a Fortune 50 corporation.  He was a Distinguished Honor Graduate in the Army Primary Leadership Development Course, and is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, an Army Commendation Medal, five Army Achievement Medals and many more honors.
He holds a BA in Finance from Eastern Washington University, where he was also the chapter president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, an undergraduate representative of the university disciplinary committee and part of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors and Leadership Organization.
After traveling for several years with a corporate field supervision position and witnessing the difficulty civilians have entering the job market without guidance, Drew decided it was time to reach out with a personal touch to veterans returning from deployment or otherwise ending their service to join the civilian job world. He started the blog Boots To Suits to help give guidance and provide assistance to those who lack knowledge about, or are frustrated with, the condition of the civilian job market.
Drew’s passions include continuing to serve the veterans of his country and caring for the wellbeing of others. Originally from Grants Pass, Oregon, and now a resident of Phoenix,

Arizona, he is the oldest of three siblings and the son of an  Air Force veteran.

When not working with the local community, writing valuable advice for transitioning soldiers or seeing the local sites, he can be found writing and speaking about his passions in both online and offline communities, snowboarding the nearest runs, hiking the nearest peak or sampling the flavor of local microbrews.  He’d be happy to buy you one, just ask.

Find some of Drew’s other work on PBS, in the Regarding War POV documentary series and speaking at Ignite Phoenix .