ETS-SP Collaborates With Google Public Sector to Bring Best-in-Class Technology to the Onward Ops Military Transition Support Program
Created by Vets for Vets, Onward Ops Bridges Military-to-Civilian Gap, Empowering Active Duty & Veterans With Tools, Resources, Mentorship & Google Technology to Build Interpersonal Relationships Central to Thriving After Uniformed Service
ARLINGTON, Va., May 11, 2023 (Newswire.com) - The Expiration Term of Service Sponsorship Program (ETS-SP), a national non-profit organization bridging the gap between military and civilian life, announces a collaboration with Google Public Sector to incorporate the full suite of Google Workspace applications into the newly launched Onward Ops military transition support program. Empowering transitioning service members and their sponsors with best-in-class collaboration tools and data security facilitates the interpersonal relationships central to a successful return to civilian life.
Annually, nearly 200,000 service members transition from the military into civilian life. Existing federal transition programs provide information regarding available services and benefits but not how to navigate thousands of potential options. Pairing service members with trained sponsors from destination communities and empowering them with tools like Google's real-time collaboration features successfully closes this gap, helping them work together on critical tasks from filing disability claims to drafting a resume. Onward Ops provides the information and resources needed to plan a successful transition on a single, secure platform, informed by best practices across the Veteran support space and validated by Veterans who have successfully made the return to civilian life.
"We're thrilled to bring the magic of Google to the mission of Onward Ops, supporting transitioning service members, connecting them with resources and sponsors with the help of Google Workspace," said Karen Dahut, CEO of Google Public Sector. "This partnership is an opportunity to use technology to help active-duty service members from all branches successfully complete the journey out of uniform and into their next chapter as Veterans."
The Onward Ops program assesses each enrollee's individual needs and develops a personalized holistic transition plan across domains ranging from healthcare and social needs to employment and education that he or she then uses to achieve their goals. Utilizing Google's on-demand insights via world-class analytics, Onward Ops can analyze localized metrics to determine the Veteran's specific needs and appropriate services and monitor progress and outcomes.
"We chose Google Cloud and Workspace due to their high standards of data security, brand awareness among veterans and service members, collaboration tools and Google's commitment to veterans," said Brigadier General (ret) Mike Eastman, ETS Sponsorship Executive Director. "Google's support of America's military is apparent in all they do from bringing Workspace to our active-duty force to their veteran job search capabilities, SkillBridge program and so much more."
The Onward Ops program is on track to enroll more than 24,000 transitioning service members and their families over the next 12 months. Enrolled service members and sponsors receive Google Workspace Enterprise accounts at no cost for the duration of their personal transition program.
People can give back to transitioning service members and military spouses by volunteering as an Onward Ops sponsor at OnwardOps.org. Communities interested in joining our network can email leadership@OnwardOps.org. For news and updates, follow Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
The ETS Sponsorship Program, in a public-private partnership with the Veterans Administration, supports communities across the country in the successful reception and transition of service members out of the military and into civilian life. Through the Onward Ops military transition support program, it connects transitioning service members to destination communities at all levels through a secure, common-data platform augmented by trained volunteer sponsors to set conditions in the community for a positive, proactive return to civilian life.
Source: The ETS Sponsorship Program