b'Spring/Summer 2021Dear Honored Veteran,As General President of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA), I would like to encourage you to take a look at our Veterans in Piping (VIP) accelerated train-ing programs. Our programs include: welding/pipefitting; technicians for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) business; as well as a program that trains individuals to install and maintain lifesaving fire suppression systems (sprinkler fitters). The VIP programs are part of our nationwide partnership that provides high-quality skills training to all branches of active-duty military members as they prepareto transition back to civilian life. To date, we have nine VIP programs at seven militaryMark installations, and with the help of our contractor partners, we have been providingMcManus meaningful careers for our very deserving members of the Armed Forces since 2008.General PresidentAs we all know our nation had been in protracted wars for well over a decade. The United Association believes that we have an obligation to the brave men and women who have honorably served our nation and that upon their return they are given an opportunity for a secure future. The Veterans in Piping program does just that and much more. As the nations premier plumbing, pipefitting, service technician, and sprinkler fitting union, we have stepped upoffering opportunities for secure, skills-based careers for our heroes at no cost to the government or taxpayers, and most importantly, at no cost to the service members themselves.We feel that you will find the UA is a perfect fit for you. Our union is a brotherhood and sisterhoodwe learn together and work together every day. The training that you will receive as a VIP participant is just the beginning. You will continue to train through our world-renowned apprenticeship program. Your new UA brothers and sisters in the field will serve as mentors, helping you to become the best piping professional you can be. This is an exciting time in our industry. There are no limitations. It will be up to each and every one of you to determine how far you can go. You will start as an apprentice with the goal of earning your journey-man status, with all the opportunity that provides. After that, you can be a foreman, general foreman, super-intendent, project manager, and one day, you could even become an instructor, a union officer or own your own contracting company. The skills and qualities you bring from your military backgrounds are things our contractors wanthonesty, dedication, discipline, and your desire to learn. These are all attributes that frame a skilled professional. Its also important to know that the UA is committed to your success. We have a proven track record and have trained more than 2,400 transitioning service members who have found the perfect fit with the UA. Join our brotherhood and sisterhood and continue on your path to success. With best wishes, I remain fraternally yours, Mark McManus General PresidentPatrick H. Kellett Michael A. Pleasant General Secretary-Treasurer Assistant General President opsCAREER'