Jewelers for Veterans, the group dedicated to employing returning service members in the industry, has helped a disabled U.S. Army veteran get a job at a Montana jeweler.
Helena-based Eaton Turner Jewelry has hired Levi Ortivez, who, after receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, put himself through the Gemological Institute of America and received a Graduate Gemologist degree.
“Levi is the second vet we have hired at Eaton Turner,” said Don Johnson, the store’s owner, in a statement. “Their work ethic, commitment, and dedication are outstanding. We owe such a debt to our veterans for their service. I am thrilled we’re doing well enough to be able to give them a new beginning.”
Ortivez has begun work on the jeweler’s bench at Eaton Turner performing a variety of services including finishing, laser welding, stone setting, sizing, and repairs.
“It’s great to have a new place to start fresh for myself and my family,” said Ortivez in a statement. “Don and the entire team at Eaton Turner have been very supportive. I was also fortunate to get the assistance of the Jewelers for Veterans organization. J4V really put me in front of a lot of potential employers in the industry and helped me find the right spot.”