Giving Back -- Vets In TechBlog
August 04, 2020
Each issue, the editorial staff of Military Embedded Systems will highlight a different charitable organization that benefits the military, veterans, and their families. We are honored to cover the technology that protects those who protect us every day. To back that up, our parent company – OpenSystems Media – will make a donation to every group we showcase on this page.
This issue we are highlighting Vets in Tech (ViT), a national nonprofit organization that was founded to support veterans and returning troops by providing reintegration services where needed and connecting these recent and seasoned veterans – plus their spouses – to the U.S. national technology ecosystem. ViT’s stated purpose, according to information from the organization, is to bring together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for veterans interested in what it terms the 3Es: Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment.
The education component of the organization is focused on informing and training veterans about tech careers in programming plus design, law, business, marketing, finance, and other tech-related fields. The entrepreneurship segment aims to equip veteran would-be entrepreneurs and their spouses with mentorship and resources to build high-growth technology companies with such programs as monthly immersive meetups, which concentrate on such areas as product development, legal, growth, and investment strategies. The employment element of ViT offers veterans and spouses help with resume writing and interviewing, connects them with mentors in the tech world, provides job-matching services and job fairs in tandem with local tech companies, and works with corporate talent representatives and recruiters who aid Vets in Tech candidates with hiring and onboarding.
Founded in 2012 by Katherine Webster – a former executive at TechCentralSF and Sun Microsystems – ViT has grown to 12 veteran-led chapters across the U.S., garnered hiring support from approximately 20 of the top technology companies in the U.S., and developed training programs with tech ecosystems across the country.
For additional information on Vets in Tech, please visit https://vetsintech.co/.