Armed Forces News

A federally funded program, Helmets to Hardhats, helps service members and veterans put their training to use as they transition to jobs in the building and construction trades. The program links veterans and soon-to-be veterans with 15 building and construction trades organizations which represent about 82,000 contractors nationwide. Monica Worth, from Helmets to Hardhats, said apprentices in labor unions get paid while they train, and former service members can supplement those earnings with their G.I. Bill benefits. After completing their apprenticeship and advancing in their particular field, she said workers in the trades can earn salaries approaching six figures.