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Aquilino Lucero said that he knew from the time he was in the fifth grade that he would serve his country. He heard about the United Association VIP Welding program at Fort Hood from a friend who was transitioning out and researched it. He then applied for the program and was fortunate to get in.

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Parker learned about the United Association Veterans in Piping Program while taking college courses at the education center located at Fort Hood, where he found information about the free 18-week accelerated welding program and decided to look further into the opportunity.

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The United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program celebrated the recent graduation of 16 active-duty transitioning military service members with an open house event at Camp Lejeune.

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When it was time to transition out of the military, Alex Hall knew he wanted to return to civilian life where he could have a lifelong career that provides financial stability and the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program afforded him that opportunity.

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Samantha “Sam” Metcalf was a Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) military police officer for five years, and when the time came to transition out of the military, her main goal was to be able to find a viable career. She wanted something intricate, so she went with the United Association VIP program.

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Members of the VIP Program Joint Base Lewis-McChord Welding Class 17 recently began their journey to transition from their military family to a union family. The students accepted into the free, career-training program, have begun to learn basic welding skills and important OSHA safety training.

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Army Corporal Christopher Rogan felt lucky to have been given the opportunity to be in the first United Association Veterans In Piping (VIP) Welding class held at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Today, he is completing his last year of his apprenticeship program in Texas with the United Association.

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The lives of 10 transitioning active-duty military service members are set to change, as the recent graduates from the United Association (UA) Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program Naval Station Norfolk HVAC-R Class 8 prepare for new civilian careers.

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Service members in the United Association Veterans in Piping (UA VIP) Program at Camp Pendleton are glad they applied to join the free career-training program, which has proven to be a great experience for participants.

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Spencer Radloff was a Staff Sergeant in the Army and was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. Today, he works as a United Association welder in Texas. Spencer said he loved the UA Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program and felt it presented a great opportunity and opened up so many different paths.

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