VDOT Offers Paid Internship for Wounded Vets
The Virginia Department of Transportation wants to expand its first-in-nation program to provide paid internships for disabled veterans, to help them transition back to full-time civilian employment. Charles Fishburne reports.
At a time when jobs are tough to find for anybody, VDOT offers a paid internship and some hope for wounded veterans.
Epps: Oh, I think it's a godsend.
Jenette Epps was a Marine Lance Corporal with a disability discharge and no job, when her physical therapist at the VA recommended her for the program.
Epps: It's absolutely wonderful. Not only do I get the chance to kind of refresh some skills, but I'm also learning a lot of new things and it's opening a lot of doors for me.
Jones: It is a wonderful program.
Freddie Jones at VDOT.
Jones: It provides a transitional opportunity for wounded veterans returning primarily from Iraq and Afghanistan, although this program is not limited to those individuals.
About 30 veterans have gone through the program since it began in 2006, and they're looking for more.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News