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Hire America’s Heroes e-Newsletter

Summer 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 3

For Job-seeking Members of the American Military Family

In This Issue

Upcoming Events
News You Can Use
After Action Report
Hope to See You There


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
Brocade Communications Comcast
Impact Recon
Life Technologies
MultiCare Health System
Northern California College of

Pacific Gas and Electric

Perkins Coie
Port of Seattle
Puget Sound Energy
Sleep Train
State Farm Insurance
ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NA
TLG Learning
T-Mobile Careers
University of Washington
US Bank
Vigor Industrial
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.

Spring has been an exciting time for Hire America’s Heroes (HAH) as we launch the new Pipeline Project. The Pipeline Project targets transitioning service members up to 18 months prior to their separation from the service and assists them with targeting their job search. The Project brings identified transitioners together with recruiters from our Sponsor companies for introductions. Through volunteer Career Coaches, Hire America’s Heroes has been able to reach out to 917 identified Soldiers through the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). To date, the project has served close to 100 Soldiers who have completed an application for assistance and have had initial meetings with volunteer Career Coaches; many have had second and third meetings as well.

The Pipeline Project Pilot was launched January 1 through an agreement with ACAP. It proposed that HAH would work with our Sponsor companies to identify frequently filled positions that would be a good fit for transitioning service members. Over 50 positions were initially identified in Energy, IT, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Retail industries. ACAP offered to help HAH identify the Military Occupation Specialties (MOSs) that would be a good fit for the identified positions and to reach out to transitioners up to 18 months prior to their date of separation, asking if they would like to explore options for employment in those jobs. Soldiers who respond positively are introduced to Pipeline Project Career Coaches; those who decline assistance or simply don’t respond are not introduced, maintaining their confidentiality. HAH committed to serving between 15 and 25 transitioners between January 1 and June 30 this year. Our goal has already been dramatically exceeded.

As transitioning service members in the Pipeline Project work with Career Coaches while they continue to complete their commitments to national service, they learn a great deal about how to go about a job search with a major corporation. Career Coaches arrange for phone screens, informational interviews, site visits and sometimes mentor relationships or internship opportunities. Hire America’s Heroes’ commitment to ACAP is that by the end of 2013, at least 80% of program participants will move from “applicant” to “candidate” status, and by the end of 2014, at least 60% of participants who become “candidates” will have secured employment.

In a larger sense the Pipeline Project accomplishes several very important missions for military job seekers in transition from national service to the private sector:

  • First, as transitioners have an opportunity to get acquainted with corporate hiring practices and make connections with corporate recruiters, they gain a comfort level with the process that provides confidence in their options following military service.
  • Second, as a relationship with a company develops, the transitioner is able to develop a solid plan for future employment, extending a level of confidence to the transitioner’s family members and reducing anxiety within the family structure.
  • Third, as specific future employment plans are developed, the transitioner can focus on the job at hand—completing his or her service to the nation—and the military organization benefits from a fully engaged service member all the way to their EAS (End Active Service) date.
  • Fourth, and a driving factor with the military, transitioners who have employment plans solidly in place prior to separation experience less unemployment, thus reducing related costs to the United States military as a whole.

Stay tuned—this is just the beginning! We will keep you posted in future Newsletters on progress and statistics as the Pilot phase of the Project is completed and we are able to move to a Program phase that is fully integrated with the mission and ongoing offerings you have come to associate with Hire America’s Heroes.


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

Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Symposium, California Coast Guard Island Alameda

Honoring America’s Coast Guard
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 19, 2013

Building 4, Campbell Blvd
Coast Guard Island Alameda, CA 94501

Join representatives of Coast Guard Island Alameda as they introduce Sponsors to an insider’s experience of the roles and responsibilities taken on by the U.S. Coast Guard’s military service members. Here’s the program agenda:

Arrival, Check-In, Continental Breakfast

  • Coast Guard
  • PG&E Corporation, Anthony F. Earley Jr., Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
  • Hire America’s Heroes, James M. Collins, Major General, U.S. Army (retired), Board Chair and President, Hire America’s Heroes

Coast Guard Showcase

  • National Security Cutter (NSC) Tour: USCGC WAESCHE (WMSL-751)
  • Pacific Strike Team Demonstration
  • Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Mobile Communications Vehicle
  • Hazardous Materials Response Trailer
  • Canine (K9) Team Demonstration
  • Base History and Tour

Lunch, provided by Coast Guard Food Service Students
Military Spouse Employment Presentation

Spouses of active duty Coast Guard personnel will share information about the challenges facing military spouses and explain why they are assets to your organization.

Military Employment Panel Best Practices

A panel of Veterans and their current employers will be available to answer questions and share information about what makes Veterans valuable employees.

“Reverse” Career Fair

Coast Guard personnel will set up tables featuring several different skill clusters, providing an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn more about the professional skills and values these great Americans have developed during their military service. This unique career fair will allow you to better understand how such skills might fit into the corporate workforce—and your company.

Closing Comments and Networking

Be a part of this Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Symposium, featuring the emergency response and national defense services provided by the California Coast Guard Island Alameda military service members! NOTE: This is an invitation-only event for Sponsors and guests of Hire America’s Heroes. If you or your company might be interested in becoming a Sponsor in time to attend this event, contact Andrea at andrea@hireamericasheroes.org. You can learn about the benefits of sponsorship on our website at http://hireamericasheroes.org/sponsors/become-a-sponsor/.

Hire America’s Heroes continuously works with partners and allies in Washington and California to bring together private sector employers and the military community. Through our Annual Symposia, sponsors and supporters have an opportunity to visit local military bases and experience life inside these “gated communities,” gaining a greater understanding of military personnel and the value they bring as employees in the corporate workforce.

The Coast Guard is hosting this Hire America's Heroes event at California Coast Guard Island Alameda. The Coast Guard cannot and does not officially endorse Hire America's Heroes or any of its fundraising or sponsorship activities.

Boeing pitches in to help veterans navigate the passage to civilian life

Hire America’s Heroes helps the transformation

Boeing employee Dan Limberg throws the ceremonial first pitch at the Boeing-sponsored Seattle Mariners Salute to Armed Forces game on April 13. (Ben VanHouten photo)
Boeing employee Dan Limberg throws the ceremonial first pitch at the Boeing-sponsored Seattle Mariners Salute to Armed Forces game on April 13. (Ben VanHouten photo)

by Carrie Ann Berry

When Dan Limberg reports for duty these days, he’s sporting a Boeing badge instead of a uniform. After 24 years in the U.S. Navy, Limberg retired as a commander last September and came to work on the 787 program in Everett, Wash.

Limberg is among 3,600 veterans hired by Boeing in the last two years, according to company statistics, making their transition to the private sector an area of emphasis for Boeing.

“I started looking for a follow-on employer about three years ago when my wife and I decided that we wanted to remain in the Seattle area after I retired from the Navy,” Limberg said. “I talked to several retirees and community leaders and sought tours of Boeing, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a few other large organizations. I decided that Boeing and FEMA were the ones I’d enjoy working for most after my retirement.”

The transition soon progressed to attending job fairs. At one job fair, he was introduced to the nonprofit Hire America’s Heroes, among others, and corporate representatives, including Boeing’s Robert “Chili” Hicks.

Hicks, a Commercial Airplanes Quality Integration manager, said Boeing partners with organizations such as Hire America’s Heroes that connect companies with transitioning veterans, because Boeing’s commitment to service members and their families doesn’t end when their missions are over.

“When our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are finished serving, we want to help them and their families transition successfully into civilian life,” Hicks said. “They have technical skills, experience and a work ethic hiring organizations value.”

In addition to his involvement with military-targeted job fairs and other events, Hicks, who served 21 years in the U.S. Navy, also is the Puget Sound, Wash., regional chapter president for the Boeing Employees Veterans Association. The affinity group helps connect Boeing employee veterans inside the company.

Hicks said networking benefits veterans not only after they’ve been hired but during the recruiting process, too. It’s a piece of advice Limberg would like to pass on to other transitioning vets.

“Veterans need to continue to participate in career fairs and meeting with friends during the job search,” Limberg said. “By exchanging helpful information with other people in their network, veterans will be able to find the right career and company.”

Full story courtesy of Boeing News (with permission from Boeing)

Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Symposium
Washington National Guard and Reserve

Hire America’s Heroes’ Symposia are immersion events held on military bases to allow corporate leadership an opportunity to engage with military men and women still in service to the nation. This year’s Washington Symposium was held on May 10 at Camp Murray and featured five speakers, Open House Tours, and an unexpected bonus: Governor Inslee’s signing of his first Executive Order, which promotes the hiring of veterans.

By the Numbers

Corporate: 85 attendees, including 68 Current Sponsors and 17 Non-Sponsor Employers
Military: 23 attendees
Support Organizations: 14 attendees
Political Office: 12 attendees
Volunteers: 5 people who contributed a total of 60 hours of service
Total: 139 attendees

We’re pleased to share our newest Hire America’s Heroes video, which was created with footage from this event:

If you’d like to learn more, visit our 2013 Washington Symposium Recap page or see the 2013 Washington Symposium Event Summary (click for PDF).

Photos © 2013 Hire America’s Heroes / Roberto Morales (2insite.com)

Seattle MarinersHire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day at Safeco Field August 9, 2013

On Friday, August 9, Safeco Field will host Hire America’s Heroes’ Career Day. Come join 1,000 Job Seekers from the American Military Family and 75 exhibiting companies for Hire America’s Heroes 2013 Career Day at Safeco Field!

As a Sponsor of Hire America’s Heroes, the booth space for Career Day is included in your annual membership package. Table space is $1,200 for non-members. The event is free to military Job Seekers. Click here to register or learn more about the event: Hire America's Heroes 2013 Career Day at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Hire America’s Heroes volunteers staff the registration table at the Hire America’s Heroes 2012 Career Day at Safeco Field (Photo © HAH / Stephen Giang Photography)

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 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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