o2o Launches at Washington
Onward to Opportunity Program Launches at Washington State Service Member for Life Summit
Schultz Family Foundation, IVMF, and Department of Defense lead public launch of Onward to Opportunity – a critical component of the military service life cycle, and program that will shift the way service members and their families transition from service to civilian employment in the coming years.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, (9/22/15) – Today at the Washington State Service Member for Life Transition Summit on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the Schultz Family Foundation (SFF) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University launched the Onward to Opportunity (O2O) program. This groundbreaking new initiative introduces in-demand, industry-validated training and curriculum on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) installations to transitioning service members six months prior to the point of separation, as well as to all active-duty spouses, then links this population with the nation’s leading private sector companies. Announced this spring in conjunction with U.S. Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Ashton Carter, the program is the latest initiative of the foundation co-founded by Starbucks chairman and chief executive officer Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri Schultz.