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Hire America’s Heroes e-Newsletter

Winter 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 1

For Job-seeking Members of the American Military Family

In This Issue

Upcoming Events
News You Can Use
After Action Report


Hire America’s Heroes is grateful to our Current Sponsors (below), and we welcome additional support. Our corporate sponsors take an active role in the operation of the organization, including financial support, committee involvement, and participation on the Board of Directors. To find out how your company can assist with our mission, please visit the following page on our website: Become a Sponsor.

Alaska Air Group
Blue Shield of California
Impact Recon
Life Technologies
MultiCare Health System
Northern California College of

Pacific Gas and Electric

Perkins Coie
Port of Seattle
Puget Sound Energy
Republic Services
Seattle Genetics
State Farm Insurance
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NA
TLG Learning
T-Mobile Careers
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
University of Washington
US Bank
Vigor Industrial
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Volt Workforce Solutions
Wimmer Solutions


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Hire America’s Heroes seeks to connect America’s major corporations with the rich skills and abilities of military service members and their families for the purpose of employment in the corporate workforce. We promote best practices and success strategies in military-to-corporate transitions, recruiting, hiring, on-boarding and retention.

Happy New Year from the team at Hire America’s Heroes! This Winter Newsletter provides an opportunity to reflect on our activities in 2012 and to look forward to an exciting year ahead.

Looking Back at 2012

The last year was an amazing one for Hire America’s Heroes. We delivered four signature events: Spring Career Day, February 24 at CenturyLink Field, was attended by 1,000 job seekers and 68 exhibitors representing 14 industries. The Annual Symposium was held at Naval Station Everett and included a tour of the USS Nimitz and a Reverse Career Fair. On September 7, Fall Career Day was held at Safeco Field, with 69 exhibitors representing 15 industries and again, an attendance of over 1,000. Another first for Hire America’s Heroes was our 2012 Anniversary Gala, a celebration of our first five years as an organization. For a recap of the Gala, see the After Action Report below. (Above, CSM Robert Sweeney addresses Gala attendees. Photo © HAH / Stephen Giang Photography.)

In 2012 we raised more than $398,000, including a generous grant from the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation that allowed us to bring in back-office support and to expand into California. In July our first chapter outside the Puget Sound Area was formed in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Schwab grant also provided a completely renovated website, Social Media development and support, conversion of our paper-based accounting system to QuickBooks, and development of some stunning marketing materials. We also piloted a Mentoring Program and a Job Shadow Program that served 36 Mentor Program participants and 27 Job Shadow participants. Between the two programs, 9 Mentees and 12 Job Shadow participants were employed.

On December 13, Hire America’s Heroes welcomed our 40th Sponsor, Life Technologies, when Philip Dana presented a generous check on their behalf (see photo at right) that will allow us to establish a Southern California presence in the San Diego Area. That presence will include new relationships with the transition offices on Camp Pendleton and at Navy Region Southwest that will facilitate our ability to bring additional transitioning Sailors and Marines to employment opportunities in both Washington and California.

Moving Forward in 2013

You can expect a continuation of great things from Hire America’s Heroes in 2013. We will once again deliver four signature events: Spring Career Day at CenturyLink Field on February 15, Annual Symposium on May 10, Fall Career Day at Safeco Field on August 9, and Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Annual Gala on November 1.

One of the most exciting developments coming in 2013 is our Pipeline Project. With the passage of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (the “VOW Act,”) championed by longtime Hire America’s Heroes supporter, Washington Senator Patty Murray, we will be able to work with transitioning service members up to 18 months prior to transition, connecting them with opportunities in Hire America’s Heroes member companies. Our initial focus will be on five industry sectors: Energy, Healthcare, IT, Manufacturing, and Retail. Watch for news and information about this emerging program in upcoming Hire America’s Heroes Newsletters.

We expect great things in 2013, and we welcome your support and participation!


Marjorie A. James, Executive Director
Hire America’s Heroes

Register Now for Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day at CenturyLink Field!

The Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day at CenturyLink Field is scheduled for Friday, February 15, 2013.

What: Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day 
When: Friday, February 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: CenturyLink Field
800 Occidental Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134

We anticipate 70 Exhibitors and about 1,000 Job Seekers from the American Military Family. A variety of industry sectors will be represented, including logistics, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, IT, energy, and more! Join us!

Medics Being All They Can Be Find Civilian Job Barriers

According to a recent article in Bloomberg, combat medics, the Army’s largest specialty after infantry, are hindered in the job market by a military that doesn’t fully document their skills and a hodge-podge of state licensing laws that don’t account for armed-forces experience. Author Sharon L. Lynch noted that unemployed veterans cost the U.S. Defense Department $942 million in unemployment insurance in 2011. The unemployment rate for veterans 25-34 years old was 9.7 percent in July of 2012 compared with 8.2 percent for non-veterans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Joblessness among vets under 24 hit 19.9 percent that month, compared with 15.5 for their peers who didn’t serve in the military.*

Admittedly, the statistics are grim. So Hire America’s Heroes is stepping up to assist! In 2013 we will launch our Healthcare Pipeline Project, which will engage Washington- and California-based healthcare organizations in employing transitioning service members with healthcare Military Occupation Specialties (MOS). This project will include training and certification opportunities for transitioners to ensure they are job-ready upon exit from the military.

The Healthcare Pipeline Project will also provide Mentoring, Job Shadow, and site visit opportunities to still-serving military. Introductions to healthcare recruiters, resume tailoring, practice interviews, informational interviews, etc. will be provided on a case-by-case basis derived from specific job-seeker goals defined by each transitioning service member. All of Hire America’s Heroes’ job-support efforts will be conducted in conjunction with military transition office personnel and within the new “GPS” guidelines that have been defined by the Department of Defense.

*To read the full article, see http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-11/medics-being-all-they-can-be-find-civilian-job-barriers.html.

2012 Anniversary Gala

Hire America’s Heroes celebrated five years as an organization at our Fifth Anniversary Gala held at The Golf Club at Newcastle. Over 150 guests attended the event commemorating this milestone and ushering in many more years of continued success. Among the guests were senior military leadership from Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve forces. Eighteen Hire America’s Heroes sponsor organizations participated, along with a number of companies new to the organization. Representatives of Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell presented letters of support, and RADM Keith A. Taylor, United States Coast Guard, presented a Letter of Commendation recognizing the importance of the organization’s work to the military community.

Gala Attendee CSM Daniel K. Verbeke, Chair, Hire America's Heroes Military Advisory Board
© HAH / Stephen Giang Photography


Emcee John Curley, former host of King 5 TV's Evening Magazine, was engaging and charismatic as the event’s master of ceremonies, and the live entertainment provided by the Route 66 Big Band featured the best instrumental and vocal music from the swing era.




Hire America’s Heroes works to influence the ecosystem for increased employment of military service members as a category. Our services are directed toward educating and informing stakeholders in order to raise their understanding of relevant issues, connecting the players who can influence the issues, and promoting action that will result in family-wage jobs for members of the American Military Family.

Hire America’s Heroes is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation. The organization seeks to connect America’s major corporations with the rich skills and abilities of military service members and their families for the purpose of employment in the corporate workforce.

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