Mission Complete Provides Employment and Transition Programs for Veterans of the United States Armed
The Mission Complete website provided employment services to our Veterans at “no” cost to the employers. When the site's domain registration expired the site disappeared from the web. The new owner has chosen to keep the original content from most of the site's archived pages with the hope that someone else will be inspired to continue the work started by Assal Ravand, the Founder and CEO of Mission Complete.
In March 2016 Assal Ravand founded The Academy of United States Veterans which strives to highlight and recognize non-profit organizations that dedicate their selfless service to achieving a positive impact on Veterans' lives across the United States through Public Relations, Media Relations and Community Outreach. We wish her much success.
For more information about the Academy of United States Veterans, go to thier current website at: www.ausvfoundation.org/assal-ravandi.
Mission Complete is a philanthropic operation providing employment and transition programs for Veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This operation has formed partnerships with government agencies and private sector companies that seek to employ Veterans. Our goal is to foster a commitment to Veterans that will promote reintegration, mentorship and employment security and reaffirm a sense of hope in the future of those who served the United States of America bravely.
Mission Complete provides employment services to our Veterans at “no” cost to the employers. We currently recruit permanent opportunities and work directly with the human resource management staff of various entities.The impeccable level of service is at the core of everything we do. From placing bright lower enlisted Veterans into their first job after the military, to career Veterans, we help businesses thrive and grow with the right people.
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."-Mahatma Gandhi
What differentiates us from other recruitment firms?
- Mission Complete’s services are provided without recruitment fees.
- Mission Complete operates under non-profit bylaws and all profits go toward Veteran recruitment.
- Mission Complete’s hallmark is personalized employment training.
- Mission Complete focuses squarely on the individual needs of employers and Veterans.
Mission Complete is a perfect platform for organizations seeking to comply with Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regulations. Certain regulations require employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain Veterans. Mission Complete has begun processing membership applications for employers that are ready to give back to those who have served this great nation. Mission Complete helps Veterans effectively apply their military training and experience to achieve success in the civilian job market. Veterans are not charged to participate in our program as we believe they have already “paid the price” with their service.
Mission Complete is dedicated to a mission of accountability and employment aid to Veterans. One of the numerous ways we try to expand is to draw attention to our efforts by spreading the word through local and national media.
Since 2001, approximately 2.4 million troops have been deployed to warzones in Iraq and Afghanistan, and over half of these troops have now returned to civilian life (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 2012). Although Veterans often feel a deep sense of relief and joy at the prospect of returning home, the journey back to a civilian life is all but smooth (Demers, 2011; Doyle & Peterson, 2005).
The process of reintegration – that is, the return home, reunification with one’s family and community, and reentry into civilian life – is difficult for Veterans who have spent time in a foreign and life-threatening war zone (Doyle & Peterson, 2005). Although researchers and civilians acknowledge common struggles such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicidality, they often fail to recognize the challenges of reintegration, which include a crisis of identity and feelings of alienation (Demers, 2011). These additional stressors make returning home a difficult and even harrowing experience, instead of a welcomed relief.
Our coaches will help Veterans discover and determine the right career path. The coaches will review completed assessments to uncover strengths, passion and the right path for transitioning service members.
We will provide direct career coaching services to Veterans. The coaches will utilize career development inventories and assessments and will give instruction in creating and revising resumes, adequately translating military work and experience into civilian language and provide coaching in areas of career networking.
The team of Mission Complete professionals will participate in community activities related to career development and will stay abreast of hiring opportunities. They will be able to develop and implement a personalized coaching plan for each client, with measurable goals.
Our coaching program is designed to offer the following services:
- Clarification of career goals with a realistic approach
- Gathering assessment data for our Veterans with disability to cultivate a list of interests and potential skills.
- Provide on-going job follow-up and retention services
- Assistance with completing job applications, interviews, understanding benefit packages
- Provide information on obtaining certificates, training programs and degree programs available to Veterans
Assal Ravandi is the Founder and CEO of Mission Complete. A former U.S. Army intelligence analyst and language instructor, Ravandi trained as a combat-qualified linguist and cultural affairs adviser and served for 9 months in Afghanistan.
Among her military honors and awards were the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. However, Ravandi would say that her proudest distinction was simply serving with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment.
A successful immigrant herself, Ravandi knows something about the difficulties of integrating into a new society. Identifying with the troops with whom she served, Ravandi realized that her new mission was to help Veterans from all backgrounds “connect the dots” between an honorable discharge and securing meaningful employment. Through a range of contacts, connections, and cajoling – with the help of a series of business professionals, executives, and educational institutions –Ravandi coordinates the steps necessary to help every Veteran of any branch of the U.S. military ultimately transition, both socially and economically, into a fulfilling civilian career.
“I have an old-fashioned conviction that public service is about helping people solve their problems and live their dreams.
— Hilary Clinton
Mission Complete is an operation that believes in direct response to the growing number of unemployed Veterans that are either falling through the cracks or have not received adequate education and information to set them up for success. The goal of the program is to identify Veterans who are going to have a turbulent transition to the civilian sector and offer constructive coaching through experts to avoid the pitfalls that can disrupt their lives and the lives of their families. The emphasis is marginally different at each level but the goal remains the same; reintegrate, coach and employ every Veteran.
The commitment of Mission Complete is to “recognize the unique problems regarding the issue of reintegration and employment among our Veterans. By the power of collaboration with all federal, state, and local agencies and organizations, we implement solutions through our programs to address those unique problems.”
An aside: My brother served in Afghanistan. He's pretty typical of veterans who have returned home with with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It took years before he was finally able to seek mental health care due to his concern regarding the stigma surrounding mental health issues. It's been a long slog with many ups and downs. The Academy of United States Veterans is awesome in its goals and its founder, Assal Ravandi , is an amazing woman who really is making a difference.
I recently visited my brother who is living on the East Coast. He works as a webmaster for an online eyeglass frame site which also offers a selection of prescription glasses lenses. You send in your frames along with your prescription and they will grind the lenses, insert into the frames and return them to you. The lenses range from single, progressive, bifocal, to trifocal. You can also get single lens for reading or computer work. If you have any questions you can call for help. It's a cool site and the next time I need replacement lenses, but want to keep my old frames I will try them. Meanwhile my brother seems much more relaxed and happier than he has been. He still goes to a group session with other Afghanistan veterans, but he no longer appears withdrawn and jumpy. Again I say kudos to the Academy of United States Veterans and the local organizations that help veteran