SAN BERNARDINO, CA (March 19, 2015) — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board has announced it will offer financial counseling to military veterans and their spouses who are transitioning into civilian life.

The program, which originated at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will fund a full-time financial counselor to serve at the America’s Job Center of California in Rancho Cucamonga.

The local office was selected as one of only 40 locations in the nation to offer the service.

This program addresses challenges some veterans experience when their military service has ended. Miguel McQueen, Deputy Director of Business Services and Operations with the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board said, “We are proud to participate in this program as it allows us to expand the services we offer to veterans and their families.”

Over the last year, the need for tailored services for Veterans has gathered national attention focusing on the need to improve medical care at Veterans Administration hospitals and helping Veterans transition back into the workforce. In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama reminded businesses that “if you want to get the job done and done right, hire a vet.”

Employment recruitment assistance and skills training make up a large part of the services that the Workforce Investment Board provides to veterans, and this new financial counseling service will be added to help those in transition.

“In recent years, funding cuts have eliminated specific workforce programs for veterans,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “That situation is beginning to change, amid a growing recognition of the importance of additional support for veterans.”

“We know that veterans can benefit from specialized services targeted to their needs,” County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos said. “This program will allow the Workforce Investment Board to serve our large population of military veterans by providing financial expertise to assist them on their path to financial independence.”

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors.  The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s three America’s Job Centers of California.  The centers provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The centers also support and provide services to the County’s businesses, including employee recruitment and business retention programs.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.
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