Transitioning out of the military comes with a whole new slew of problems. Finding a job can be difficult, but even if you opt to use the GI-Bill and get a degree, that isn’t a guarantee for a good, fulfilling job right out the door by any means. College is necessary for huge swaths of careers, but it is often only the first step.

Networking and making connections are invaluable and, in my experience, have helped veterans in getting worthwhile jobs more than anything else. Recommendations, referrals and even outright job offers happen all the time due to some simple networking. Many veterans struggle with the fact that, in the civilian world (especially when you’re unemployed), there isn’t a ladder to climb, or an objective to seize. Breaking into the film industry or the world of industrial engineering or finance is a lot harder if you have no idea where to start — meeting the right person could at the very least point you in the right direction. The right person could reveal the ladder for the veteran to begin to climb.

But who is the right person?

American Corporate Partners (ACP) has made it their mission to connect veterans with powerful men and women of all industries who want to give back. This isn’t some phone number referral service — they set up a mentorship program with these industry experts. A 1 on 1 relationship with a big name in say, the world of journalism, could mean all the difference in the life of an aspiring journalist. ACP’s Director of Citizens Mentoring Program, Tim Cochrane, told SOFREP that “Our entire program is based on meaningful employment.”