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2011
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Salt Lake Soldier Reaps the Benefits of Helmets to Hardhats, the Program That Puts Veterans to Work

In 2009, Utah Governor Jon Hunstman Signed A Declaration Recognizing Helmets to Hardhats



Steven Lloyd was part of the 22% of military veterans who have come home to find themselves unemployed. He spent months unemployed, searching the Internet for job leads until he stumbled upon Helmets to Hardhats. His story, as told to ABC 4 in Salt Lake City, reflects that of many soldiers trying to make the transition from soldier to civilian.

“A lot of it (job search) was online,” said Lloyd of Orem. “I went in to a couple of places in person to turn in resumes, did follow up with phone calls. Not many people got back to me. It was just kind of frustrating.”

The Helmets to Hardhats program helps soldiers re-acclimate to a non-military life by giving them an honest job with decent pay. Lloyd is going through an apprenticeship program to become a heavy equipment operator with the 116th engineers. When he completes the program he will be making good money.

Kudos to the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO for working to find meaningful employment for veterans. The organization, representing over 2 million construction workers, now mandates the use of Helmets to Hardhats on all large-scale projects (those working under a Project Labor Agreement).

“I think this is a partnership America has to have,” said retired Major General Peter Cooke. “We have to allow these great Americans who fight for us to be able to come back and we have to make an extra effort to hire them.”

“These people are volunteering their time to find veterans and employ them,” said Darrell Roberts the executive director of Helmets to Hardhats. “I think it’s a great fit and the right thing to do.”

And Helmets to Hardhats worked for Steve Lloyd. After hooking up with the program he landed a full time construction job with Ames Construction.

“When I got the phone call it was amazing,” said Lloyd.

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