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Samantha Greenfield

Veteran's Employment Services


The Winchester Workforce Center/Virginia Employment Commission is happy to have a Disabled Veteran's Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) back on staff.

The role of a DVOP specialist is to carry out intensive services to meet the employment needs of veterans and assist with facilitation of intensive services to veterans with special employment and training needs. These services may include conducting assessments, providing career-planning guidance, job development contacts, referral for jobs and training.

Let me introduce you to Michael T. Barnes...

Michael is the newly appointed veteran's representative at the Virginia Employment Commission in Winchester. He is retired from the United States Air Force where he served as a pilot, instructor and evaluator.

Since retiring from the service, he obtained a master's degree in teaching and has taught school at both elementary and high school levels. He has also worked in the transportation industry as a safety and training manager and a regional public transit manager. Most recently he served as the public transportation manager for LogistiCare where he was tasked with placing Medicaid clients on public transit buses throughout the state.

Michael brings a great deal of experience, insight and compassion to the veteran's representative position. He looks forward to meeting local veterans, becoming involved with civic and service organizations and visiting local area employers.

It is important to highlight the value of hiring veterans who have so unselfishly served their country and fought to preserve the precious freedom that all Americans enjoy. Mike is especially focused on promoting jobs for disabled veterans and feels strongly that businesses of all types who "hire vets first" will be getting highly efficient, dedicated and productive employees who will positively enhance the local workforce.

Mike can be reached at michael.barnes@vec.virginia.gov or 540-722-3415 and works on an appointment basis.


Warm regards-
Sam



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