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The City of Pensacola and Boots Up, today announced a new collaborative effort to assist veterans recently separated from the military.

Boots Up is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) whose goal is to guide veterans in transition to civilian life with the level and quality of support and training that they received while in service. City officials decided to partner with the veterans service organization after Mark Harden, Master Chief, USN (Ret), and Chief Advisor and Trustee to this new veterans service organization reached out to explore a potential partnership. Harden currently works as Director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society here in Pensacola.

“Pensacola as we all know, is a military community. We are proud of our military heritage and our veterans. We want to take it a step further to ensure that our veterans are successful in their transition back into the workforce” said Mayor Hayward.

At no cost to the veteran, Boots Up acts as executive coaches and advocates for recently discharged veterans. Boots Up along with their sponsors and partners, walk veterans through the steps that will lead them to gainful employment by supplying a dress-for-success suit, interviewing, additional education, networking, authoring resumes and community involvement. Boots Up builds a bridge that allows our veterans to reintegrate with our community.  This partnership with the City of Pensacola will connect recently discharged veterans with City mentorships and internships.

To learn more about Boots Up you can visit them online at www.bootsup.us.

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