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Corps Curators Project Gives Returning Vets New Job Skills

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  When Josh Weigler returned from a tour of duty with the Marines in Afghanistan in 2002, he found his prospects for a satisfying, full-time job extremely limited.

“I started bouncing from job-to-job,” the East Alton resident recalls.  “I had a hard time with (my co-workers)…people in general, I guess.  I was having problems just fitting in, period.  And I’d never had that problem before.”

Today, Weigler is one of ten military vets taking part in the ground-breaking Veterans Curation Project (VCP), which employs and trains Iraq and Afghanistan returnees in archaelogical curation processing under the management of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Brockington and Associates, Inc.

Over the next six months, he and his co-workers at the Robert A. Young Federal Building downtown will learn computer database management, photographing and scanning technologies, interpersonal communication as well as vocabulary and writing skills designed to help them find their way to a permanent, well-paying job.

“Our hope is that after the six months of training, each of the veterans will either go into the education program of their choice or gain full-time employment,” Corps archaeologist Katherine McMahon tells KMOX News.

“It’s getting me back on my feet,” says Josh Weigler.  “Allowing me to get into a more professional, better job environment.”

He adds, “It’s better than I ever dreamed.  Every vet should have this opportunity.”

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For more on the VCP, go to: www.mvs.usace.army.mil and click on the VCP link.

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