Connection: Linking Dayton-area veterans with their future employers

Published: Monday, March 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM
Updated: Monday, March 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM


            Connection: Linking Dayton-area veterans with their future employers

Last May, after serving his country for 13 years in the United States Air Force, technical sergeant Heath McNaughton was re-entering the civilian workforce. Armed with two associate and a bachelor's degree he'd earned while serving, he was feeling quite optimistic about his post military professional life.

Then reality set in.

McNaughton discovered what many of his fellow veterans had upon returning to civilian workforce – lots of things change when there's a decade or more between job interviews.

"The job market was a totally different beast from what I'd remembered," said McNaughton.

"I know what I'm good at, but understanding how that translates to the civilian workforce was tough."

Enter Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) noticed a disturbing statistic – unemployment for veterans in Ohio, especially post-9/11 veterans, was higher than the national average. Yet according to the Society of Human Resource Management, 88% of employers had no idea how to reach those unemployed veterans.

What if there was a way to connect employers with unemployed veterans?

The Veterans & Employers Connection or simply, "the Connection" is a partnership between employers, support service providers and community organizations working together toward a common goal: the long-term, meaningful employment of veterans in the Miami Valley area.

"Since the Connection started, we've had nearly 400 veterans walk through our doors," said Daniel M. Semsel, director of Veteran Employment Services and a retired Air Force colonel formerly stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

Helping veterans to discover how their military skills will translate best into the civilian workforce is one of Semsel's biggest challenges. Another is helping veterans to have a more realistic expectation when it comes to type of job they may likely get.

He explained "You could be captain so-and-so in the military, but then you enter the civilian workforce, and you're working an entry-level HR job. That's often tough for veterans to understand."

How does the Connection help veterans find employment?

The starting point is obvious -- helping the veteran update his or her resume -- then comes a preparatory interview to gain a clear understanding of the veteran's background, skill set and interests. Semsel then reaches out to employers in the Connection's network who are looking to fill positions for which the veteran might be a good fit. Companies currently in the Connection's network include smaller organizations like HR Machine in Moraine, to larger corporations such as Kroger, Lowes and Cintas.

Semsel also helps employers to understand the many valuable "soft skills" that veterans bring to the workplace.

"Veterans bring skills to the table that you wouldn't necessarily put on a resume," he said. "Things like discipline, leadership, communication, and problem-solving."

In Heath McNaughton's case, it was a matter of helping him to take what he knew and capitalize on it.

"Heath realized he had a lot of things to bring to the table with his HR background. He took it and ran with it," said Semsel.

McNaughton now works at Hobart Service as a program director and instructor.

"Dan goes above and beyond," said McNaughton. "He recommended upwards of ten different jobs to me. Being plugged into different people in the community can be priceless."

In support of the Connection, GESMV will host the annual Empowering Independence Concert on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Fraze Pavilion. The concert, which will feature award-winning music acts, honors veterans and Connection program participants.

’Enhanced risk’ for severe weather issued for tonight

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “enhanced risk” report that would indicate strong to severe storms are possible late tonight into the overnight.

RELATED: Severe Weather: Slight vs. Enhanced Risk

  • The real threat for strong to severe storms arrives tonight, mainly after midnight
  • Damaging winds, heavy rain and hail are main threats
  • Scattered showers and storms possible throughout Tuesday during the day

TODAY/TONIGHT: As of 11:30 a.m. the western part of the Miami Valley, including the city of Dayton has been placed under an enhanced risk for severe storms later tonight into tomorrow morning.   


Scattered showers and storms are possible at any point during the day today. The real threat for strong to severe storms arrives tonight, mainly after midnight with damaging winds, heavy rain and hail. The threat for a spin-up tornado is not out of the question and will be monitored throughout the night.

WEDNESDAY: Some storms may become strong with wind, hail and minor flooding the main threat. Highs will be in the low 60s early with temperatures dropping late afternoon and evening behind our front. Some passing rain or snow showers possible at night. Gusty winds over 30 mph possible during the day and night.

THURSDAY: Cooler day in the low 40s. Some passing rain or snow showers late afternoon. Passing snow showers at night.

FRIDAY: Temperatures start in the 20s. Coldest bus stop forecast of the week. Flurries will likely linger especially in the eastern Miami Valley for the first half of the day. Highs in the upper 30s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, and warmer than normal with highs around 50.

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5 different types of cancer treatments

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 8:10 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 8:10 AM

5 different types of cancer treatments

As people try to wrap their brains around the reality of a life-altering cancer diagnosis,they also must begin considering plans for treatment. It’s often a lot of information to absorb and understand and completely normal to feel overwhelmed and confused.  

“The type of treatment a patient will receive depends on the type of cancer they have and the stage of the cancer,” explained Mridula Reddy, MD, hematologist/oncologist with Dayton Physicians Network. Here is a guide to some of the most common cancer treatments currently available and their potential side effects, as well as exciting new therapies on the horizon.

New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:42 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Oakwood's nearly completed Lane Stadium is now open for team practices as construction continues on the new $4 million stadium complex

The stadium hosted Oakwood High School's girls and boys lacrosse team practices Monday in the complex's first official use, Oakwood school district spokeswoman Traci Hale said. 

She said a March 11 dedication is on schedule as construction crews work to install a regulation eight-lane track and press box. 

The track at the stadium located in the Old River Sports Complex is scheduled to be installed during the first week of April during Oakwood school's spring break. 

Hale said a press box is due for completion at the end of March. 

The mostly privately funded complex will seat about 700 when completed and will serve as home to Oakwood school's field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and track and field teams.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: The lights will remain on through the end of the day Tuesday, Hale said. That’s because when they are turned on for the first time, they have to remain on for 48 hours.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries today

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Humane Society of Greater Dayton offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries today


DAYTON — The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will lift financial restrictions for the spay/neuter voucher program today making the discount program accessible to everyone today.  

In honor of World Spay Day, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is working with local veterinary offices to help spay/neuter more pets. 

"Spaying and neutering your pet is such a crucial part in fighting overpopulation within our community, but it can be an expensive procedure for animal owners," said Brian Weltge, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Individuals must be part of the voucher program to be eligible for these discounted rates. You can pre-pay for your voucher by visiting the Humane Society of Greater Dayton between 1 and 6 p.m. today

Once you purchase your voucher, set up your appointment with one of five local vet clinics including: Animal Medical Center of Miamisburg, North Main-Clayton Animal Hospital, Shiloh Animal Hospital and Pets in Stitches. 

"We are so thankful to be working with some amazingly generous veterinary offices who are devoted in serving our community and impacting the lives of pets,” Weltge said. “These vets are showing the true meaning of philanthropy and are leading by example by providing a day for anyone to take advantage of these extremely discounted rates." 

Visit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton webpage for additional information www.hsdayton.org.