Governor Nixon established the Show-Me Heroes initiative in 2010 in order to help returning veterans reenter the workforce, and recognize those companies in Missouri who hire them. Since that time, SLATE has played an active part in implementing Show-Me Heroes, partnering with a variety of organizations that serve veterans, and designing and implementing workshops and job fairs specifically for returning members of the military.
City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has praised Show-Me Heroes as "an effective way to not only extend our thanks to our brave men and women in uniform, but to ensure that they play a starring role in building a better tomorrow here at home."
Most recently, SLATE has integrated a newly developed service, the Work-Ready Employment Assistance Program (WREAP), into Show-Me Heroes. In cooperation with Webster University and other partners, SLATE regularly offers WREAP sessions across the St. Louis region. These full-day workshops help veterans reintegrate into the job market, covering such topics as:
- Resource Navigation – A review of the ways veterans can access training dollars and education-related financial aid at the Federal and state level, and a look at the many public and private organizations that can help.
- Business Term Translation – Exercises that help all veterans better communicate their skill sets into terms civilian employers can better understand.
- Employment Networking – Each WREAP session provides access to many hundreds of available jobs in the St. Louis area. A related program, the Show-Me Heroes Industry Series, provides veterans with information to help them embark on specific careers, such as finance or law enforcement, and includes a Q&A with industry experts.
Some WREAP sessions have been geared toward partnering agencies that provide veteran services, expanding the scope and reach of Show-Me Heroes. Through the United States Conference of Mayors, other communities have indicated their interest inreplicating WREAP sessions for their own veterans.
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment