The VetCTAP (Veteran Career Transition Assistance Program) concept grew out of the personal experience of Sandra Fichter, (former US Army Officer), who is a Human Resources (HR) professional. In her HR role, Sandra reviewed resumes from transitioning veterans that did not reflect their skills and abilities. Sandra could predict that they would not be selected for jobs they qualified for because they did not effectively communicate their strengths, skills and abilities.

She and a few colleagues decided to develop a training program around three key elements: one-on-one coaching, utilizing HR professionals as facilitators and coaches, and reaching military members before they leave the service, allowing for a smooth and successful career change. The program is free and is open to active duty service members, veterans and spouses. In March 2012, the program began with 5 participants and 5 volunteers (the founders) in a small, donated space in Oceanside, CA. We served 36 veterans that year. In 2017, we served over 150 veterans, transitioning military, and spouses, with 50+ volunteer coaches, at two locations in San Diego County, and expanding to a third location in 2018.

VetCTAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in San Diego County, California. Our mission: "Increase the veteran employment rate by helping transitioning military, veterans, and spouses build personal confidence and enhance their individual economic stability through job search skills training, practical tools, and one-on-one coaching.” We maintain over a 90% success rate (our graduates obtain new careers of their choice). Our success is due to the many volunteers who share their time and expertise with participants; coaching them with their military-to-civilian career transition. We provide each participant with a binder full of content rich materials that aid in their transition. For each workshop series we make hundreds of copies. Our 2017 #GivingTuesday campaign is to raise $5,000 for a printer/copier so we can make our own copies instead of relying on others to make copies for us.

The photo is of several of our fabulous volunteer coaches holding the #GivingTuesday sign! The vision behind VetCTAP (Sandra) is in the right corner pointing to the sign.