Project HIRED Announces Its Wounded Warrior Executive Summit

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The first-of-its-kind summit to focus on transition of veterans with disabilities to civilian careers.

"It is important for business leaders to understand the benefits and rewards of hiring and training injured vets and giving them a path inside their organizations to sustain employment and create a bright future," said Congressman Mike Honda.

Project HIRED, whose job search, training, career development, and employer services have helped thousands of people with disabilities for 35 years, today announces its Wounded Warrior Executive Summit, the first-of-its-kind, two-day, invitation only event held on May 29 and May 30, 2013 at the San Jose Marriott in San Jose, CA. The Wounded Warrior Executive Summit will focus on issues, best practices, and benchmarking which are crucial to the efforts of business leaders seeking to build efforts to find, hire and retain wounded veterans employees. Keynote speakers for the event include Congressman Mike Honda, representative of the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives, Veteran Comedian and Motivational Speaker Bobby Henline and Supervisor David Cortese, third district, County of Santa Clara, CA.

Featured speakers and panelists include Project HIRED Executive Director Gwen Ford, Palo Alto VA Health Care and Clinics Director, Lisa Freeman and business leaders from Genentech, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and Oracle.

The two-day event will begin with an attendee reception and networking dinner with Keynote speaker Bobby Henline on May 29th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Henline is an American hero who spreads joy and hope through his love of stand-up comedy and motivational speaking. He is veteran of Desert Storm and was inspired to re-enlist in the army after the 9/11 attacks. In 2007, his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb, and Bobby was the only survivor. More than 38 percent of his body was burned. After spending six months in the hospital fighting for his life, Bobby’s left hand was amputated. To date, he has had more than 40 surgeries.

The executive summit will take place on May 30th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and brings together business leaders from all industries. Scheduled events will include keynote addresses by Congressman Honda, Supervisor David Cortese, expert-led presentations, hands-on workshops, discussion panels and a networking luncheon. For more information please visit

Sessions for the Executive Summit include:

  •     Legal Discussion & Tax Credits: Hear from the Department of Labor, the IRS, the EEOC and the City of Sacramento about the resources and benefits available to employers of veterans with disabilities.
  •     Issues in Hiring Veterans: Gain insight into today's military culture, learn how to help former military job seekers succeed, and hear from a transitioning veteran about the realities of returning to the civilian workplace.
  •      Best Practices and Benchmarking: What companies are already successfully hiring and retaining veterans? Led by Northrup Grumman, this session give attendees examples of veteran hiring programs that are seeing amazing results.

"It is important for business leaders to understand the benefits and rewards of hiring and training injured vets and giving them a path inside their organizations to sustain employment and create a bright future,” said Congressman Mike Honda. "I’m thrilled to participate in Project HIRED’s Wounded Warrior Executive Summit.”

“It’s an honor for us to welcome Congressman Mike Honda as Keynote Speaker for our first Wounded Warrior Executive Summit,” said Gwen Ford, director of Project HIRED. “Joblessness for veterans remains high in this tough job market. Our mission for the last four years has been to support wounded, injured, and ill veterans throughout their transition to the civilian workforce by creating a community of resources that serves both veterans and businesses.”

For more information about the Project HIRED Executive Summit, visit

About Project HIRED
Founded in 1978, the mission of Project HIRED is to help persons with disabilities gain and sustain employment. Project HIRED offers an array of job placement, training, and employment services designed to promote self-sufficiency and independence, and has helped hundreds of people with disabilities get good jobs at competitive wages. Project HIRED has received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons, the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Innovative Partnership award from the HR Symposium, and the 2008 AbilityOne/NISH National Award for Performance Excellence in Government Contracts. Through reciprocal relationships with industry, Project HIRED develops and maintains a range of services to the community, which includes outreach, employment training, job placement, education of employers and advocacy. Learn more about Project HIRED at

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