Veteran Finds New Mission Through DOD SkillBridge and USDA’s MVAL Assistance

Posted by Melissa Blair, Public Affairs Specialist, USDA Workplace of Partnerships and Public Engagement in


Sep 06, 2023

Gloria Cirulli with daughter swearing in

The transition from navy to civilian life could be difficult, however the U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) Navy Veteran Agricultural Liaison (MVAL) provides help to veterans that may result in everlasting employment or assist in beginning an agriculture-related enterprise.

After 23 years within the Military, retired Main Gloria Cirulli, former Inspector Normal, discovered her new mission serving her nation as a regional hiring coordinator with the U.S. Forest Service.

She discovered about USDA alternatives by way of the Division of Protection (DOD) SkillBridge program, which permits service members to realize civilian work expertise throughout their final 180 days of energetic obligation. For potential employers, DOD SkillBridge creates alternatives to entry and leverage the world’s most extremely skilled and motivated workforce for gratis.

Because of DOD SkillBridge, Cirulli reached out to a number of federal businesses about profession alternatives, and one of many responses she obtained was from USDA MVAL Monshi “Ram” Ramdass.

The MVAL helps join veterans with federal and civilian agricultural applications and details about how veterans’ schooling advantages can be utilized to start out careers in agriculture. The MVAL additionally advocates on behalf of veterans in interactions with USDA workers to make sure that personnel perceive the correct implementation of recent veteran farmer applications.

“We mentioned my resume and background over the telephone, and Ram stated he would share my resume with USDA businesses,” stated Cirulli. “He referred to as me again and let me know that Forest Service Program Supervisor Deborah Beighley could be in contact.”

Beighley, who works on the company’s Recruitment and Expertise Acquisition Administration Crew, has tapped into DOD SkillBridge to recruit and rent interns and new workers. “I’m a believer in this system’s potential advantages for each the interns and the company,” she stated. “We’ve already onboarded two further interns and are within the means of onboarding yet one more!”

“We have been searching for somebody expert in undertaking administration who might navigate and construct connections, somebody who would deliver a contemporary, outdoors perspective to the work we have been doing,” she continued. “Gloria did all that and extra. I’m wanting ahead to seeing the place her new place with the Forest Service takes her!”

Are you prepared for brand spanking new problem? Contact [email protected] to find out about particular hiring authorities for veterans and their relations, the veterans’ choice in making use of for federal jobs, and how one can align your abilities with USDA mission areas and workers places of work.