As the Defense Department looks for ways to ease the difficult process of transitioning from service member to civilian, it’s also seeking out companies in the private sector who can help lead the way in training and hiring veterans, said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
One of those organizations, the NBA, was already searching for ways to broaden their interaction with service members, said Kim Bohuny, Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations-International for the NBA.
The NBA has a 10-year history of helping active duty service members, veterans and families through the Hoops for Troops program, Bohuny said.
Since 2004, Hoops for Troops has been the NBA’s umbrella organization for volunteer projects directed at military members and veterans, she said. As part of the program, NBA teams and USA Basketball arranged their own volunteer opportunities during the playing season.Story
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, joined about 2,500 service members, veterans and their families at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center where the troops were honored guests at the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice. Story