Hire Heroes USA Debuts Nationwide Wounded Warrior Transition Assistance Workshops

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Hire Heroes USA’s Wounded Warrior Transition Assistance Workshops (WWTAW) provide comprehensive career transition training at no cost to service members. During the 2-3 day workshops, HHUSA staff and volunteers teach wounded or disabled soldiers how to identify personal goals, formulate job search strategies, create effective resumes, and excel in job interviews.

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“HHUSA is elated to have the opportunity to teach essential skills, such as resume writing, interviewing and networking skills to wounded veterans throughout the United States,” said HHUSA Executive Director, Brian Stann.

Using a combination of classroom instruction and hands on application, HHUSA staff and volunteers assist service members to produce outstanding resumes that accurately reflect their military accomplishments in relevant business terminology– often the most difficult part of the transition process. Additionally, service members are afforded the opportunity to link up with mentors from the business and veteran community, immediately increasing their networking resources and corporate career knowledge base.

Feedback from workshop participants has been uniformly enthusiastic. HHUSA plans to conduct WWTAWs at least on a quarterly basis at Ft. Gordon, in Augusta, Georgia and monthly at other Wounded Warrior care centers around the Nation, potentially reaching more than 200 wounded or disabled service members in the next calendar year.

Successful WWTAWs were conducted during the past year at Camp Lejeune, NC; Camp Pendleton, CA; Naval Medical Center San Diego; Marine Corps Air-Ground Training Center Twentynine Palms, CA; and Marine Base Hawaii - Kaneohe Bay.

These workshops signal a greater commitment from the US military to ensure its wounded and disabled service members receive the best transition assistance available, leading to reduced veteran unemployment rates and sustainable, family-wage jobs. The problem of unemployed veterans is not going away anytime soon, as the unemployment rate for veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was at 14.7 percent in March 2010, higher than the national unemployment average.

“We look forward to making an impact in the lives of these men and women. The skills learned in these classes will ultimately help more of our veterans find the work they deserve after their service to our country has ended.” said Stann, a former Marine officer who was awarded the Silver Star for his bravery in Iraq. Stann implemented this important program in the 4th quarter of FY2009.

For questions about the Hire Heroes USA Wounded Warrior Transition Assistance Workshops, and all media inquiries, please contact Allison Herbst at (678)248-8197.

http://www.hireheroesusa.org/veterans/workshops

About Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA)

Hire Heroes USA’s (HHUSA) mission is to offer transition assistance, job search assistance, and job placement services to all who have honorably served in the US military – and to their spouses – in order to reduce veteran unemployment. HHUSA prioritizes veterans statistically most likely to be unemployed: veterans of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, and veterans that are wounded or disabled.

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, HHUSA’s services are provided at no cost to the veteran.
For more information, visit the Hire Heroes USA Website at http://www.hireheroesusa.org.

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