LAS VEGAS and ROCKVILLE, Md., April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A compelling new video about a career training program for U.S. military veterans is being highlighted this weekend at the Academy of Country Music's "Party for a Cause" in Las Vegas.
In a reflection of the ACM's commitment to supporting the troops and veterans, the ACM invited NS2 Serves to present a video about the training program at the two-day music festival, which is taking place on Friday and Saturday at The LINQ in the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip. The 1:15 video is also available to the public at www.NS2Serves.org and on YouTube.
NS2 Serves is a nonprofit organization established by SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2™), a Rockville, MD-based software company, to give back to the community it serves. Going far beyond most comparable initiatives, NS2 Serves offers a high-quality I.T. training and placement-assistance program, leading to globally recognized certifications and exciting career opportunities in government and business. Seventeen post-9/11 veterans, representing all five service branches, are currently enrolled in the inaugural class.
In the video, Vice Admiral Joe Kernan (retired), a 35-year Navy SEAL veteran and Chairman of the NS2 Serves Board of Directors, says, "These veterans have done their part to protect everything we value, so we owe them opportunities to thrive after they leave the military."
"The goal is to employ veterans, to provide them a skill set that they can drive to employment," says Mark Testoni, President of NS2 Serves.
"We greatly appreciate the way the country music industry is partnering with veterans causes like ours," Testoni said.
"Coming back and trying to traverse the job market, it's tough," says Darnell Broadnax, a native of Frederick, Maryland and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"It's going to be easier now for me to get a job, but that wasn't the case before," says Sam Southall, a four-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who hails from Parkersburg, West Virginia.
"Being able to move into a career and have something that you can say, 'I did this,' outside of the military service, it's a great opportunity," said Daniel Griffith, a U.S. Army veteran from Columbus, Ohio.
"When I graduate from this program, I'm hoping I can provide a better future for my daughter," says George Kovach, Jr., a native of Strongstown, Pennsylvania with two tours of Iraq under his belt. "It's not about me."
The Congressional Co-Chairs of the program are Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Ranking Member on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a U.S. Army veteran; and Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D-MD), Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee and a representative of Maryland communities that are home to significant U.S. national security and homeland security agencies.
An Open House for recruiters and hiring managers will be held on April 23. Corporate, individual, and nonprofit sponsors are being sought to help continue and expand the program long-term. Contributions may be made online via a secure PayPal account.
Further details on the program and instructions on how to apply for the next round of classes are at www.NS2Serves.org.
Video - http://youtu.be/nMkJ4y7MetU
SOURCE NS2 Serves