APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The Retina Specialty Institute Foundation will collaborate with local Department of Veteran Affairs and their medical facilities to identify and select suitable and qualified veterans for this project. The Retina Specialty Institute Foundation will also engage the members of the Academy of Ophthalmology to assist in the training process. Additionally, the Retina Specialty Institute Foundation will partner with the Andrews Institute Foundation to develop computer educational training programs as well as certification in various medical specialties, including orthopedic and ophthalmology assistants. The Retina Specialty Institute Foundation will also contact Representative Jeff Miller, who represents the district in which the Retina Specialty Institute is based, to explore potential grant and funding opportunities. The physicians at the Retina Specialty Institute believe they can successfully encourage the Academy of Ophthalmology to hire veterans at a national level as well as fellow physicians locally.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
The Retina Specialty Institute Foundation is initiating all of these programs immediately and aims to have the first group of veterans in training in the next few months.
The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reported in March 2011 that the unemployment rate for Gulf War-era II veterans in 2010 was 11.5 percent. This is over double the overall current US employment rate. The Retina Specialty Institute Foundation believes that veterans offer many skills which are easily translated into civilian life. They often are extremely familiar with many state-of-the-art technologies which would benefit their employers.