Military Culture (Part 1) - 3:56
with Marjorie Morrison, CEO and founder of PsychArmor Institute
Posted Nov 02, 2017
The importance of building military cultural competency is oftentimes recognized when in a situation where more knowledge is needed. Marjorie Morrison, CEO and founder of PsychArmor Institute shares her organization's efforts in creating awareness for employers and HR departments through education to help close the civilian-military divide. This discussion continues in part 2 of Military Culture.
Hosted by: Robert Traynham Produced by: California Newsmakers Team
Robert Traynham:The transition from active military service to civilian life poses numerous challenges to veterans and their loved ones. For the 93% of the population [00:00:30] that has not served in uniform, responding and relating to these unique challenges can come with difficulty. Hello everyone and welcome to Comcast Newsmakers. I'm Robert Traynham. Joining me is Marjorie Morrison. She's the CEO and founder of PsychArmor Institute Marjorie, welcome to the program.Marjorie M:Thanks for having me.Robert Traynham: It is always good to have you here. Let's talk for a few moments about this divide, for lack of a better term, between the transition between military life serving our country in uniform, but also the transition to civilian life. Why is it so, for a [00:01:00] lack of a better term, bumpy Marjorie M:I think that the average American just doesn't understand the military veteran, and we have a lot of pre-conceived ideas of what they're like. So these service members, they have rockstar careers in the military, and then they get out, and they come into civilian life, and we're like their safety net, but yet, the net has a lot of holes in it. And there's just so many places for them to fall through and not be appropriately returned back. I always say, they served our country, it's our job to serve them [00:01:30] when they get back.Robert Traynham:Right. It sounds like there's two transitions in that. First, is personal. Obviously just getting re-acclimated with your family. And that's hard. That can be very difficult for some people. The second one is, as you mentioned, they have a rockstar career in the military. That skillset, that mindset, that knowledge and wisdom that they have, is that easily transferable to private civilian life, in terms of the workplace Marjorie M:I think it is and I've seen it happen again and again, but [00:02:00] the problem is, is that the civilian workplace doesn't always see it, because they oftentimes, as you can imagine when you're looking for an employee, you have a job description and you're looking for the closest match in your candidate to that description. And sometimes it's not that match, but if you go one step further and you look at qualities and core capabilities, there absolutely is that match. It just takes them to have to work a little bit harder.Robert Traynham:It's interesting, Marjorie. I have a friend of mine that works in the HR industry, and a couple of years ago she said, "Look at this resume. This person that serves in the military, I don't even [00:02:30] understand. They're using jargon that I simply don't understand." And I said, "I'm actually reading it differently. I see leadership skills. I see communication skills. I see delegation skills. I see this gentleman in this incidence, that I think is operating $20-$30 million worth of equipment on a daily basis, and they're 23 years old."Marjorie M:That's right.Robert Traynham:So it's an interesting translation. But I guess, my question is, Marjorie, do you think many HR people see resumes that way, and just push it aside Marjorie M:Yes. I think it's getting [00:03:00] better, but there's a tremendous amount of work that we could do on educating HR folks. And I think we're doing a good job in educating HR folks. I think that it's significantly getting better, but then you have the hiring managers, where it goes from ... and they may be the place where it stops. It's almost as though everybody needs to be educated. And then, once the veterans get in, we need to educate the company at large to help your environment be military-friendly, and veteran-friendly, and [00:03:30] connect them with other veterans, so that they have some mentors, so that we focus not only just on getting the job, but retaining the job, and staying in it.

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"Twenty-five million Americans pay more than half of their income to rent. A discussion with Ali Solis of Make Room on efforts to give a voice to America's working poor and work toward a collective solution to help our economy thrive. Interview recorded September 6, 2017.  Hosted by Robert Traynham. Read a partial transcript of this interview below: Traynham:   11.4 million households in America spend more than half of their income on rent and utilities. And as the nation's population continues to grow, so will the number of overburdened renters. Hello, everyone and welcome to ""Comcast Newsmakers."" I'm Robert Traynham. Joining me is Ali Solis, president and CEO of Make Room. Ali, welcome to the program. It's always good to see you. Let me start off by stating the obvious -- More and more Americans feel squeezed. They're working harder for less, in terms of what they bring home. As I mentioned a few moments ago, a lot of people -- too many people -- are spending half -- half of their income on utilities and rent. How can this be Solis: That's right. This is a growing crisis in America, where we have 25 million Americans, eight million children, two million seniors impacted by this crisis. And they are, you know, paying, as you mentioned, more than half of their income to rent. And this is a problem that's growing. By 2025, we expect that we'll have 15 million households. Traynham: 15 million Solis: 15 million households, and that's assuming that we can keep pace with rising rents and address -- Traynham: Utilities. Solis: Exactly -- rising rents and utilities. Traynham: So, here is the magic question. How can we -- How do we address this So we know what the problem is. And what's interesting about this dilemma, I find, is that it's not that people are not working. They're working. They're contributing to society. But if they can't keep ends -- They can't make ends meet, what's the solution Solis: Yeah. Most of these families are working, often, two and three jobs just to make rent affordable. And the problem is not just one that we're seeing in big urban centers, like San Francisco or New York, but it's affecting small towns, small communities. I was just in Erie, Pennsylvania, a place where people wouldn't think that there was an affordable rental crisis, or Detroit, Michigan. So this is a challenge that's impacting communities big and small. Traynham: You know, Ali, I want to hit pause there for a second, 'cause I think this is really important to stress what you just said. This is not just a New York, San Francisco, Miami, you know, major metropolitan city issue. To your point, Erie, Pennsylvania, some of the rural areas in this country are also being affected by this. Solis: That's correct. Traynham: So let's talk a little bit about Make Room, specifically what do you do, and how can you help address this problem Solis: So, Make Room is a national organization whose purpose is to un-hide this human suffering that's happening behind closed doors for all of these millions of Americans. We're trying to give voice to a population that isn't necessarily well represented. They are the working poor in America. And so we are sharing their stories, and we are asking overburdened renters all across the country to join us through our digital platform to be able to have regular conversations with their policymakers at the local and federal levels. Traynham: So, you mentioned sharing stories, and for the folks that are watching this at home, or, perhaps, maybe, on their smart device, if you have a story that you would like to share, Ali, how can they do that Solis: Well, we'd encourage you to go to and share your story. We provide incentives. We also provide information so that you can meet neighbors in other communities that are struggling with similar stories. And we also have policymakers engaged through the platform, as well, because it's important for them to understand what's happening in these communities.  "
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