June 21st Working Wardrobes VetNet on the USS Iowa

June 21, 2014

Working Wardrobes VetNet provides comprehensive individual case management services to Veterans who lack the financial resources and skills to return to the job market. Support services include career readiness workshops, interview coaching, job placement assistance and professional wardrobing. 

June 21st was a typical Southern California evening in San Pedro other than the fact that the USS Iowa, an Iowa-class battleship that served our naval forces in World War II and the Korean War, had been transformed back in time to the 40’s.  Working Wardrobes and VetNet, both Not-For-Profit organizations helping our veterans return to the job force, teamed up to put on an incredible evening of food, entertainment and fun.  A group of us from KSJG were able to attend this extravagant event.  As we boarded the ship we were offered cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we toured this magnificent battleship. 

There was an acrobatic display on deck and we were entertained by the Port of Los Angeles Fire Boat giving us a fire hose display.  Finally five Navy Seal parachutists floated overhead and landed all around the boat just before the call to dinner. 

We found our table at the bow of the ship and delighted in a gourmet meal served under the stars.  During dinner we heard a powerful success story from a wounded veteran who now has a job, his dignity and hope for a bright future, all thanks to VetNet and Working Wardrobes.  There was a terrific auction with some remarkable gifts.  After dinner the crowd was treated to vintage Big Band era music and dancing.

All in all the evening was incredible and in support of such an admiral cause!

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