New South Associates will host a meet-and-greet event in the Alexandria, VA laboratory of the Veterans Curation Program from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11.

The VCP provides employment and vocational training for recently separated veterans using archaeological collections administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Veterans working in the Alexandria laboratory are being trained in data entry, report writing, photography, and scanning technologies. The veterans are helping the Corps rehabilitate archaeological collections and associated records for long-term curation and future research. Currently, 17 Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy veterans are employed as archaeological technicians at the Alexandria VCP.

“The VCP provides employment and vocational training for veterans. However, I have discovered the VCP to be more than a workplace,” said technician Joy Mosley. “For me, the VCP is a sacred community for veterans. It offers a safe space for veterans to practice self-exploration and self-preservation, while developing new skills for the workplace. I joined the VCP to develop my soft skills, build my self-confidence, and cultivate healthy lifestyle habits as I continue to live with major depression. I struggled with depression while serving in the military and it has been a challenge to maintain full-time employment since. The VCP is providing me an opportunity to examine how living with depression impacts my success in the workplace and to seek the resources needed to prepare for future opportunities.”

During the Meet and Greet, technicians will demonstrate some of the methods used in rehabilitating archaeological collections. They will also discuss the various skills they have gained while with the VCP, and how the program is helping prepare them for their civilian careers or higher education.

“The Veterans Curation Program illustrates the Corps and the Obama Administration's commitment and long-term investment in veterans, partnerships, and historic preservation,” said the Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy, former Assistant Secretary of the Army. “No group of people has done more to forge our national identity throughout history than the veterans who have served and sacrificed for the nation. We owe them a strong support system and the means to integrate back in to the work force so they can be competitive in the job market and in turn support themselves and their families.”

The VCP laboratory is located at 816 N. Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314. It is managed by NSA, a cultural resource management firm. The Alexandria laboratory is one of five VCP labs funded by the St. Louis District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. For more information on the VCP, visit www.veteranscurationprogram.org.

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