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Veteran Opportunities in Employment, Education, and Entrepreneurship

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Meeting Description:

Thinking about a career change or about how to resource your transition?  From loans for entrepreneurs to apprenticeships for smoke-jumpers, to placement for more traditional occupations like procurement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture offers programs and opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness, in rural communities, and beyond.  Register to learn about employment, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities from the Department of Agriculture’s first Military Veteran Liaison, Navy veteran William Ashton.

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Date: Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): The Military Officers Association of America with the US Department Of Agriculture
 Presenter Information
William B. Ashton, LCDR, USN, Ret
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William B. Ashton was named the first permanent Military Veteran Liaison for the United States Department of Agriculture in January 2018. In his role as liaison, Ashton will guide USDA efforts to support veterans learn and succeed through agriculture, agribusiness, in rural communities, and beyond. 

Prior to joining the USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, Ashton served as the Security Director for the Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters. Additionally, Ashton was a Virginia Governor’s appointee as the Fleet Reserve Association’s representative to the Joint Leadership Council. The council facilitates collaborations between veteran service organizations and the Department of Veterans Services to meet the needs of Virginia veterans. In 2004, Ashton was selected to serve on the Secretary of the Navy’s Retiree Council for three years.


Erin Stone, CAPT, JAGC, USN, Ret
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Erin Stone retired as a U.S. Navy Captain in 2017.  She held multiple leadership positions with broad organizational responsibility in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, to include command of Naval Legal Service Office North Central/Defense Service Office North.  A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and member of the Virginia Bar, she earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and holds a Masters in Law in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from George Washington University. 

Passionate about helping people, Erin found her new career home after military retirement in MOAA’s Transition Center where she provides advice and counsel to members and their spouses who are undertaking career transitions. As Program Director for Engagement, she also helps address state legislative issues via MOAA Councils and Chapters and builds relationships to enhance member value.