I sure do -- so much so that I wrote this one for the USO about a small, local non-profit in Washington, D.C. called Dog Tag Bakery.
Earlier this year, the USO was looking to highlight people, organizations, etc. around the country that exemplify the characteristic of being a "Force Behind the Forces" and I thought Dog Tag Bakery -- a bakery with a built-in job training program for transitioning service members -- was a perfect fit for the series.
Take a read...
Cassaundra Martinez doesn’t seem like someone who would be unemployed.
At 30, the former Army intelligence analyst and defense contractor, who boasts an impressive resume and a master’s degree from UMBC, should be in the middle of a rewarding, professional career. Instead, the mother of six and Military Spouse of the Year nominee is struggling to make professional strides.
In 2015, after one too many moves for her husband’s Army career, Martinez found herself unemployed, yet again, without any job prospects in sight. Despite applying to numerous positions in her family’s new duty station, Martinez couldn’t find work for over a year.
"At that point I really lost my network. I lost all of my connections. I lost the rapid [pace] that I was growing at,“ Martinez said. "It was a struggle."
That’s when Martinez, who’s family is currently stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, heard about the fellowship program at Dog Tag Bakery in nearby Washington, D.C.
The work-study program, which provides transition support and hands-on professional development to disabled veterans and service members, military spouses and caretakers, seemed like the perfect fit. Martinez immediately applied and is now part of the fifth cohort of fellows to participate in the one-of-a-kind program.
Like what you read (and see -- I took the photos too!), then go to USO.org to see the rest!