Fort Hood and The City of Austin team up to help vets

Posted at 5:25 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 18:32:55-04

Fort Hood and The City of Austin have partnered up to help veterans make a smooth transition into civilian life.

A press conference was held at Austin City Hall Thursday morning to announce a one of a kind internship program. 

The 18-22 week program kicks off at the end of June for soldiers leaving the army in the next six months.

The first interns from Fort Hood will be put in the Fleet Services Department and eventually the different internships will expand city wide.

"It's the partners that are dedicated to hiring a veteran but making the transition from active duty into their civil government very smooth," Garrison Commander Colonel Todd Fox said. "So it's been a few months and coming but we are very excited to get this started next week."

 Fox said it's hard for veterans to move from military life into a different culture but many of them stay in Central Texas.

"The culture and values of the army are very similar to the cultures and values in Central Texas so it eases the transition for a soldier," Fox said. 

The internship is paid and the army will also pay for the soldiers and their families to move to Austin. Next week city officials will travel to Fort Hood to choose the first three interns. 

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