So after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may be tempted to think that the world is made of goods and services

But behind the scenes, far from the mobs gobbling up bargain-priced electronics, there are vast armies assembling—both consciously and serendipitously—with the intention of building the framework for a new economic paradigm around the concept of sustainability.

This is the prep work for a renaissance. And, as you know, my belief is that our young military veterans are among the men and women perfectly positioned to guide us into the renaissance.

Unfortunately, as everyone from Bank of America to Disney has discovered, it’s not easy to target veterans for hire.   You see, the Department of Defense currently has no dedicated portal to allow private employers to survey, train and recruit separating service members.

The Transition to Veteran Program Office, which is a part of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, is where this would happen.

Former Marine Corps training chief, Major Gen. Mel Spiese has proposed a mandatory survey of all separating service members 12 months prior to exit.

This is as brilliant as it is simple; Let’s have DoD undertake a partnering role with interested private sector employers to form and enforce the usage of a web portal to manage information on separating service members skills, interests, training gaps, job opportunities and employer sponsored training.

A simple tool like this could go a long way toward converting all of the positive emotion around our separating service members into real jobs building a sustainable future.