Education and Employment
The Office of Warrior Care Policy’s Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) is a DoD initiative to ensure consistent offerings to all recovering Service members by synchronizing, integrating and expanding available education and employment opportunities.
E2I is a collaborative effort, led by DoD, with support from Federal agencies and non-Federal entities to address the synchronization, integration and possible expansion of existing education and employment support efforts for recovering Service members to improve career readiness and facilitate employment placements prior to separation. Goals of this initiative are: synchronization, including collaboration across the spectrum of supporting agencies; employment, including increased access to career placement assistance; education and training, including assistance in identifying and completing academic or vocational education; and community engagement.
A Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Labor (DOL) provides for early access to DOL services and assistance.
A Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives recovering Service members early access to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services to aid their recovery, transition and reintegration.
The E2I Model
This OSD model is implemented by the Military Services, who ensure recovering Service members are guided through the following six step process:
1. Identify: The recovering Service member is identified as ready to participate in E2I activities and referred by their chain of command or Recovery Team.
2. Assess: A comprehensive skills assessment is administered.
3. Plan: A career plan is developed.
4. Prepare: Recovering Service members participate in the actions outlined in their career plan.
5. Match and Place: Specific career or educational opportunities are identified, and placement assistance is provided by E2I Regional Coordinators.
6. Transition: Can include: returning to duty or employment, education or vocational training, or community involvement.
The Way Ahead
E2I has five regional managers across the United States to assist the Military Service programs to find employment opportunities, provide career planning support for recovering Service members before they transition, and work directly with employers to identify opportunities for our Service members.
E2I Regional Locations
For additional information about E2I opportunities in your area, please email the appropriate regional manager.
Region 2 (Alexandria, Va.) Ed Cody – edward[dot]cody[dot]ctr[at]osd[dot]mil
Region 3 (Fayetteville, N.C.) Albert Welcher – adwelcher[at]pointtransitionllc[dot]com
Region 4 (Augusta, Ga.) Derek Jackson – djackson[at]manconinc[dot]com
Region 5 (Killeen, TX) Joseph Graham – jgraham[at]manconinc[dot]com
Region 6 (San Antonio, TX) David Lefforge – dlefforge[at]afsc[dot]com
Region 7 (Clarksville, Tenn.) Shontel Lawrence – slawrence[at]manconinc[dot]com
Region 8 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Bill Price – wprice[at]manconinc[dot]com
Region 9 (Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.) Christopher Burgess – toburgess[at]deloitte[dot]com
Region 10 (San Diego, Calif.) Christopher Graham – cgraham[at]manconinc[dot]com