Easter Seals, Veterans in Film & Television Pact

Veterans in film and Television

Interactive website launched for vets seeking industry jobs

Easter Seals and the nonprofit networking org, Veterans in Film & Television, are joining forces to bring career opportunities in the film and TV industries to veterans. The partnership underlines both organizations’ dedication to serving returning veterans. Key to the partnership is the launch of the website, VFTla.org, a networking tool for veterans seeking careers in entertainment and a resource for the industry to find veterans.

“Our Easter Seals partnership helped bring to fruition our all new VFTLA.org website — an online directory of our members — which makes it incredibly easy for the entertainment industry to connect with and engage the veteran community working in it,” said VFT co-founder and U.S. Army veteran Kyle Hausmann-Stokes.

“Easter Seals is committed to helping more veterans access long term job opportunities and are delighted to partner with VFT to support those looking for careers in entertainment,” said James E. Williams Jr., president and chief executive officer, Easter Seals.

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  1. Amber Chaib says:

    I have seen this group grow from a handful of members to over 1,000 in the past year and a half because of the valuable networking and enrichment opportunities they’ve orchestrated. If you look at the VFT site you’ll see past speakers ranging from Gale Anne Hurd to Ron Meyer and Tom DeSanto-legitimate heavyweights in the industry. Panels and speaker engagements of this caliber normally cost hundreds of dollars but the graciousness of the guests exempts members from exorbitant fees so we can benefit. Aside from offering Vets an exclusive (and free) platform to promote themselves for work on the website, they also bring industry hiring managers in to the meetings. The events, leadership, subcommittees and ensuing fellowship is invaluable-especially in LA.

    Military veterans that have made history in Hollywood like Ron Meyer, Garry Marshall, Morgan Freeman, George Carlin, Hugh Heffner, Elvis, Drew Carey and Ice-T created legacies many of us work hard to emulate. Thank you to the co-founders of VFT and to Easter Seals for powering this unprecedented movement.

  2. Dan says:

    What a great idea for a website and support group. I have heard their events are fantastic.

  3. Mark C. says:

    I have spoken with veterans who are a part of this organization and they have all said how valuable it has been to them in getting to meet other vets in the industry and finding out about opportunities. Their website looks greats and I will look to it when hiring for projects.

  4. Philip Paz says:

    VFT is a Godsend to veterans who want to get involved in the industry. I have personally found acting work as a direct result of networking with my brother and sister veterans on this site.

  5. Katie Keaty says:

    I am a member of VFT and am so impressed with the quality of men and women in this organization I have met. Mike Dowling and Kyle Hausmann-Stokes have done a fantastic job on the new interactive web site. It has made it so simple for me to find Veterans to network with in the film and television world.
    Katie Keaty
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

  6. VFT is a fantastic organization that has provided me the opportunity to learn from those members in our ranks who are well established and also to share my knowledge with those men and women that are taking their very first steps in the industry. The bond of service carries beyond active duty (for some of us, well beyond active duty) and I relish the camaraderie that my fellow veterans provide in what can be an otherwise isolating and very competitive line of work.

    Thank you, Kyle Hausmann-Stokes and Mike Dowling for having the vision and motivation to found Veterans in Film & Television.

    Semper fi,
    Michael Broderick
    Los Angeles, CA

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