Free Expressive Arts Vocational Skills Training for Veterans and Their Youth Age 15 Up
Operation Enjoyable Employment encompasses the most important aspect of Chronic Care Management and successful reintegration; economic stability.
Operation Enjoyable Employment falls under our Mission Support Program (MSP) Veteran Artists Employment Project (VAEP). This Vocation Rehabilitation Workforce Development Program instructs in the Expressive Arts categories of Graphics and Media Arts to include; Film, Photography, Graphic Design and Printing, Website Development and Maintenance, Sound Engineering, Video Production, Music Production and more; Expressive Arts industry skills that lead to enjoyable employment.
Take the First Step Toward Economic Stability! Join As a Free Expressive Arts Unit Platinum Member to Participate In Operation Enjoyable Employment!
Mission Support Program (MSP) Veteran Artist Employment Project (VAEP) –
Many service members leaving the military are not prepared for the transition and have a wide range of needs that cannot be easily provided by a single organization. Many Veteran support organizations are not organized to provide holistic support and are focused on meeting only the acute and chronic needs of veterans, such as homelessness, immediate or severe health issues, or acute or chronic unemployment. Very little attention is given to preventing these conditions or intervening early to avoid them from becoming chronic.
The CDS Mission and vision address these issues by providing multifaceted approaches to the reintegration needs of Veterans and their families. We collaborate with many other mission complimentary organizations to provide, quickly, resources that assist with the transition into civilian life. We provide an integrated approach to reintegration assistance, by not only providing creative technical skills training to assist with procuring enjoyable employment but also access to holistic healing modalities like naturopathic and homeopathic education.
Many of our Veteran students have never attended college, some never finished high school, and for those who did reach higher levels of educational attainment, it may have been many years since their last academic experience. CDS will provide a high-quality education program in several areas to include; Expressive Arts, Mentoring, and Holistic Healing. We meet adult learners where they are at through the intake process that allows us to provide education strategies that include creative technical and basic skills development instruction. We are assisting Veterans that may not have had educational success in the past, or have been away from education for some time with the necessary motivational support, through mentorship, to build their self-confidence and be successful.
Why Should You Join Operation Enjoyable Employment?
After completion of a minimum of 16 weeks of training in our collegiate level courses, our Graphics and Media Arts Headmaster selects the most qualified graphics and media artist from the VAEP to independently contract and perform jobs for our Mission Support Program (MSP) Member Clients. Experiential knowledge is gained by taking MSP Member Client jobs from development to implementation-design to print/publication. VAEP artists receive 70% of net profit (minus production costs) and CDS retains 30% of net profit to cover operations of the VAEP.
Why We Use Expressive Arts!
“The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are the longest combat operations since Vietnam. The length and nature of these conflicts create many stressors that face Veterans who have served, increasing the chances of having PTSD or other mental health problems. Initial research on OEF/OIF Veterans suggests that between 10% and 18% of OEF/OIF troops are likely to have PTSD (in varying severity) after they return. Though the recent overall Veteran unemployment rate is considered to be low, the unemployment rate for OIF/OEF Veterans with PTSD is believed to be considerably higher. Among 18–24 year olds, the unemployment rate is nearly four points higher among those who have served (16.2%) than those who have not (12.5%). Our most recent generation of Veterans — some as young as 21- and 22-years old — who grapple with severe PTSD are most likely to be unemployed, and their employment status can adversely affect their PTSD
Arts help Veterans heal”: The arts can address one of the reasons a service member or veteran might avoid seeking treatment, since when using the arts, individuals can experience or express their thoughts and feelings without necessarily having to talk about or directly confront the trauma, if they are not ready. One of the most difficult experiences is the transition from military to civilian life. Approximately 14 percent of service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan meet criteria for depression. Left untreated, depression can increase the chance of risky behaviors, damage relationships, create problems on the job, make it difficult to overcome serious illnesses or even lead to suicide (http://www.naco.org/articles/guest–column–arts–helpVeterans–heal).