MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. (Jan. 20, 2011) --
Every year, thousands of Marines end their active-duty service to rejoin the ranks of the civilian world.
The Marine For Life program allows Marines to make the transition easier by helping them find jobs, colleges and opportunities that will help make them successful in life.
“It’s not just about getting you a job, it’s about you being a successful citizen,” said Capt. Stephen A. Harding, Marine For Life liaison for Cherry Point. “We’re out there to help you in whatever goals that you want to achieve, whether it be employment, education, finding a mentor or any other of life’s goals.”
The only requirement necessary to receive aid from the Marine For Life program is an honorable discharge or any discharge under honorable conditions.
Sailors who have served with Marines are also welcome to take advantage of the program. All those who qualify can ask for assistance from the program at any point in their life, regardless if they are a single-term-Marine years after the conclusion of their service or a career Marine retiring after 20 years.
The program uses Marine reservists, who act as “hometown links” and who create business and community networks in their local areas. They maintain contact with colleges, veteran organizations and employers.
When Marines use the program, they will be assigned a hometown link for assistance. The hometown link will draw on the appropriate resources to help the Marine find what they need.
“When I’m assigned a Marine, I look for suitable jobs in the area and send their resumes out to local employers,” said Sgt. Nichole H. Mason, a hometown link for the Jacksonville, N.C., area.
According to Staff Sgt. Andre A. Brooks, a military dog handler aboard Camp Lejeune, the program has been a lot of help as he transitions out of the Marine Corps.
He is currently looking for a job in law enforcement, and said that Marine For Life has made contact on his behalf with law agencies across the country.
The Marine For Life program does more help than just finding potential jobs for Marines. They can help Marines develop interviewing skills, help them produce a resume, and teach them how to apply for GI Bill benefits.
“I’m happy that the Marine Corps has a program to help Marines transition,” said Brooks. “Instead of not caring what you do once you’re out, they help you accomplish your goals. No matter how long you’re in the Marine Corps, eventually you’ll have to get out and Marine For Life can help you.”
To get started with Marine For Life, go to the website http://www.m4l.usmc.mil, or call 866-645-8762.