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DAFB & Discover Team Up For Veteran Job Creation

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DOVER, Del. - Memorial Day may be behind us, but the struggles of our service men and women are still top of mind, not just overseas, but back here at home.

"The kids haven't seen him for almost a year," shares Nikki Garcia. Nikki's husband, Sgt. Jonathan Garcia, is currently serving in Korea, while she and their 2 kids live in Delaware.

"It's hard," she admits, forcing back tears, "because you have to...the kids...they always miss daddy."

Adding to that pain...unstable employment. For almost 7 years, Nikki hasn't been able to secure a full-time job because of her husband's ever changing tours. "Through our whole marriage it's been kind of run and go," she explains. "You got to pick up, you got to leave. You got to go."

Until now. Nikki is one of 15 new employees hired and trained by the Discover Bank "Work-at-Home" program. The job is customer service. Discover pays for all of the training and equipment which needs to be installed in the employees homes.

Discover Bank initially approached local legislators about this idea, last Fall. "It's a good job with one of the great banks in the country," states Senator Tom Carper at a press conference for the new program. Congressman John Carney agreed, "Those families make great sacrifices."

Just about half a year later, the program is up and running. But right now, the positions are only open to military personnel and spouses associated with Dover Air Force Base. Senator Chris Coons tells WMDT he believes Discover has plans to allow for military personnel and their spouses outside the area to participate, sometime in the near future. "It's my hope that as this grows. They'll be able to continue those jobs as they move to other bases in the United States. And thus, have a career that follows them, as they continue to follow their spouses in their careers in service to our country."

Discover Bank is currently training a new batch of employees, and say they hope to hire the third round this summer.

Currently training for the "Work-at-Home" program takes place at Dover Air Force Base. But due to the success of this pilot program, Discover says they plan to expand. They already have plans in place to conduct additional training sessions at Del-Tech Community College.

If you are interested in applying for the Work-at-home program, CLICK HERE for more information.

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