November 10, 2015
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TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is proud to recruit, employ and support our nation’s veterans and military personnel.
The Department has hired more than 270 veterans since July 1, 2015. In partnership with the Florida National Guard, FDC holds various hiring initiatives and events aimed at providing employment opportunities for current and former service members. The leadership skills and experience obtained by veterans during their service in our nation’s armed forces make them excellent candidates for careers in the fields of corrections and law enforcement.
“We proudly support our nation’s military veterans,” said Secretary Julie Jones. “It is important to recognize the service and sacrifices upon which our great nation has been built, and to never forget those that paid the ultimate price for the freedoms enjoyed by every American.”
FDC offers various opportunities specifically tailored to benefit former service members, such as dog training programs that allow participants to prepare dogs for adoption and develop the critical skills necessary for successful re-entry and employment within our state’s workforce. Among these, Pups N Pals at Tomoka Correctional Institution, Hardee Hero Hounds at Hardee Correctional Institution and Paws for Veterans at Central Florida Reception Center provide trained companion dogs to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or undergoing rehabilitation for service-connected injuries.
Focusing on inmate veterans, ROCK Hounds at Union Correctional Institution also prepares rescue dogs for adoption to forever homes. The majority of inmate trainers in this program are Vietnam veterans suffering from war-related illnesses. This program, in addition to providing skills to inmates and trained dogs to adoptive homes, has proven therapeutic and conducive to PTSD recovery.
Additionally, FDC currently operates five inmate veteran’s dormitories which provide cognitive thinking training, PTSD counseling, better access to Veteran Affairs benefits and strict military standards and discipline for confirmed inmate veterans with less than three years remaining on their sentence.
This year, the Department also held the nation’s first “flightless” Honor Flight to take place completely within the confines of a correctional institution. Several members of Sumter Correctional Institution’s Veteran’s Dormitory program participated in a video tour of the most famous monuments in our nation’s capital. Sumter CI is also home to American Legion Post #403, one of very few American Legion Posts located within a correctional facility.
To learn more about employment opportunities for current and former service members, please visit http://www.fldocjobs.com/index.html.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 23,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.