|Published:||Jul 30, 2013 10:55 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 30, 2013 11:57 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - 'Got Your 6' is a saying in the military that means 'Got Your Back' and one local university is taking it to a whole new level.
Hodges University is joining the national Got Your 6 campaign to help student Veterans transition back in civilian life.
After six years in the military, Omolade Kolawole returned home to Florida. "This is the longest stretch I've gone without a job."
Three of those years were spent working as a flight mechanic in Guam, but the 31 year old quickly learned in the eyes of employers his military experience wasn't enough.
"I spent about three years in naval aviation. You can't beat that and to come back into society and be told that I can't get a job because I don't have the civilian experience, it really hurts," says Kolawole.
At Hodges University, Veterans make up 10 percent of the student body. That's why University officials said it was a no brainer to sign onto the national Got Your 6 pledge.
"We're holding their hands through the entire process helping them find jobs and matching them with employees," says Jessica Tucker, Hodges University Veterans Services.
The goal of the campaign is to bridge the civilian and military divide and change the conversation in America so student Veterans like Omolade are seen as seen as leaders and assets to the community.
"It's really encouraging," says Kolawole. "It gives you the feeling that you're not in it alone and that there are other people looking out for you."
Leading the Got Your 6 campaign is the Pat Tillman Foundation and Student Veterans of America. They are hoping to get pledges from 500 colleges and universities by June 2014.