At Interactive Government Holdings, we hire a significant number of veterans. (See “Release: U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes Interactive Government Holdings with Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award” for more.) But we’re also proud to provide employment to critical supporting individuals from military families who deserve the thanks of our nation.
One IGH employee’s passion for serving veterans draws on her 30 years as a dependent of a U.S. Navy sailor. For more than two years at IGH, Penelope “Penny” Justice has served as our Employment Advocate/Coach for the Florida Employment Support Program. She provides employment support, career opportunities and career options to both service members and military family members.
Penny has been doing this type of work for a decade. She was recommended by the Florida National Guard to create the Florida Guard Family Career Connection from 2011 to 2014. During these years as the State Program Coordinator, the unemployment level for returning/deployed guardsmen dropped from 17.1 percent to a mere 3.3 percent. She was recognized by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 with the Governor’s Florida Commendation Medal for her work.
Her care for the military community is apparent in the volunteer causes she is involved with: Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, Northeast Florida Women Veterans Association, Women in Defense and the American Legion.
The following is a brief Q&A with Penny:
Q. How does IGH help you grow professionally?
A. IGH values, supports & encourages their employees. Therefore, our work environment/culture ensures excellent performance and a heartfelt commitment to helping our military members secure meaningful employment.
Q. How did your military service prepare you for your current career?
A. My commitment to the military began at a very young age, for we are a very patriotic family and support our family members serving in the military. Therefore, I am passionate about connecting our military job seekers with Patriotic Employers.
Q. What would you tell someone considering a career at IGH?
A. Be prepared to commit to personal and professional growth in a fast-paced, ever-changing job market. Be positive, flexible, adaptable and loyal to your leadership and your team!
Thank you, Penny, and all military family members!