BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Meet Michael Chevere and Tyler Angelle, recently retired from the Navy and the Marines. Both have served their country in war zones across the globe. Now they'll be serving up the resort experience at Beau Rivage, thanks to a new program called Boots to Business.
With the help of a $250,000 donation from MGM Resorts International, Beau Rivage and the American Red Cross have become partners in the effort to help vets find new careers in the gaming industry.
"This is a different twist to where we're actually helping to support and bringing military families into the workplace," said Josh Joachim with the Red Cross. "So yes, it's a little bit different than what we're used to."
For the veterans, this is a new experience for them, one they are glad to have, according to Chevere.
"It's a good step. They're teaching us how to do it and they're going to go step by step on how to make that change from the military to civilian life, so I think this is a good way of doing it."
Going from the military to the gaming industry will be a challenge, but a 10 week training program will help pave the way. That's how Angelle feels.
"It's actually quite a bit of a jump. It's a very different lifestyle but both of them are very well structured and full of a lot of really good opportunity and really good positive people so I'm really excited about it," Angelle said.
Rogena Barnes is the MGM regional V.P. of human resources.
"We think that these veterans have so much to add, great ideas and great experiences that they can share and help us to grow our business and improve our business so we welcome this opportunity," Barnes said.
After the reception honoring the two men, it's back to class before getting back to work for hopefully a very long time.
Currently, there are 175 veterans working at Beau Rivage. Thousands more work at MGM casino resorts across the country.
Interested veterans and/or Gulf Coast companies interested in hiring veterans or otherwise supporting the veterans hiring program are encouraged to contact Chadwick Cashin at the American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter at (228) 896-4512.