Shortcut Navigation:


IUPAT Helps Veterans Transition Out of Active Military Service Into Jobs

When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). 

Through the IUPAT’s Veterans Program (PAT-VP), soldiers stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington State are provided an opportunity to participate in an accelerated training program during their last four weeks of active service. 

The educational training program, which promises skilled trades training in the industrial coatings and applications career field, is free and open to active duty service members transitioning from active military service. 

Participants in the program are assigned to the program as their place of duty, and the instruction takes place at the Army’s education centers on JBLM and are IUPAT District Council 5’s training center. Upon successful completion of the training program, graduates earn a Coating Applicator Specialist Level One Certification and are placed in a paid four-year IUPAT apprenticeship program. Additionally, participants are credited one training semester with assisted job placement and a career with the IUPAT. Once in an IUPAT apprenticeship, participants will begin to accrue college credits toward an associate’s degree.   

The most recent class of graduates was made up of 11 transitioning service members and each one is in an apprenticeship program and all are employed. 

To learn more about the PAT-VP program, check out this great video and visit

The email address provided does not appear to be valid. Please check the address entered and try again.
Thank you for signing up to receive our blog alerts. You will receive your first email shortly.
Tagged under:
Union Veterans Council

Related Stories

Take Action

Protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has done crucial work to safeguard Americans against the deceptive and abusive practices of big banks, student loan servicers, credit card companies and predatory lenders. Tell Congress to protect this important agency.

Sign the petition. »

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to 235246 to stop receiving messages. Text HELP to 235246 for more information.


Join Us Online