Mississippi Public Broadcasting welcomed Marshay Lawson, Military OneSource consultant for Mississippi, as the guest speaker for its Workforce Wednesday Luncheon May 15 at MPB.
Workforce Wednesdays are monthly luncheons held every third Wednesday in the MPB Education area. In addition to networking, participants get information about workforce development including mentoring programs, apprenticeships, work-based learning and soft skills. At least 16 individuals representing a variety of job sectors, including veterans’ affairs, education, state and local government and more, attended the event.
Lawson, who is a veteran, explained the myriad services Military OneSource offers. The program is available in every state, including Hawaii and Guam.
“We are dedicated to the military community. We cover the entire family,” Lawson said. Since the program is funded by the Department of Defense, all of the services are free and most are available to civilians in the general public. All services are private and confidential. Plus, the program is available 24/7 every day of the year by calling 1-800-342-9647 and online at www.militaryonesource.mil.
The free services offered include Wounded Warrior caregivers, peer-to-peer support, special needs consultations, resume writing, assistance to obtain VA benefits, tutoring, financial counseling, tax prep, language services for non-English speaking families, learning a new language, career planning, education assistance from pre K to college, help with entrepreneurship, adoption, adult disability, healthcare, finding scholarships, elder care and much more. Non-medical counseling sessions for issues such as stress, marriage, parenting skills and more are only available to service members, veterans and/or those affiliated with the military. Services for mental health, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and any long-term counseling are not offered.
Lawson is an example of how Military OneSource can make a difference in a person’s life. “They will help you plan your career. They actually helped me to plan mine,” she said. “Because of Military OneSource, I actually have an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and a juris doctorate in law.”
Workforce Wednesdays are a part of MPB’s American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative to help advance education and career readiness locally. MPB works with partners across the state to assess workforce challenges, determine opportunities, produce content on career paths and skills needed for students and workers.
The next event will be held June 19 and is open to the public with limited seating. Registration is required. Visit gettingtowork.mpbonline.org for more information.