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Veterans issues speakers anne hirsh m s jan co director

  • Veterans’ Issues

  • Speakers:

  • Anne Hirsh, M.S., JAN Co-Director

  • Lisa Stern, Veterans Workforce Consultant

  • Bob Foley, Wounded Warrior Program Manager


Employment features of the national resource directory
Employment features of the National Resource Directory


What is the national resource directory
What is the National Resource Directory?

  • A website for wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, caregivers and those who support them

  • A collaboration between the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs

  • An access point to nearly 14,000 government and non-government services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration


Sources of information
Sources of Information

  • Federal, state and local government agencies

  • Veterans service organizations

  • Non-profit and community-based organizations

  • Academic institutions and professional associations

  • “Suggest a Resource”

    • Participation Policy


Subject categories on the nrd
Subject Categories on the NRD

  • Benefits & Compensation

  • Education & Training

  • Employment

  • Family & Caregiver Support

  • Health

  • Homeless Assistance

  • Housing

  • Transportation & Travel

  • Volunteer Opportunities

  • Other Services & Resources


Employment section of the nrd
Employment Section of the NRD

  • Transitioning from the Military to a Civilian Career

  • Specialized Support and Information for Wounded Warriors

  • Employer Resources

  • Employment FAQs

    • https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/home/about_us/frequently_asked_questions/employment


Transitioning from the military to a civilian career
Transitioning from the Military to a Civilian Career

  • Military to Civilian Skills Translators

  • Job Listings & Placement Assistance

  • Industry Specific Career Training

  • Mentoring & Internships

  • Employment Laws & Veterans' Preference

  • Information on Unemployment Benefits

  • Career Exploration Tools

  • Transition Assistance

  • Working for the Federal Government

  • Self-Employment & Business Ownership

  • Apprenticeship, Licensing, Credentialing & Certification

  • Resources Specifically for Military Spouses


Specialized support information for employers
Specialized Support & Information for Employers

  • Specialized Support for Wounded Warriors

    • Employment Support Programs & Related Services

    • Workplace Accommodations for Acquired Injuries

  • Employer Resources

    • Resources for Finding Veteran Job Candidates

    • Employment Laws & Regulations

    • Employer Associations

    • Supporting Veterans in the Workplace

    • Information for Federal Employers & Federal Contractors


Resources for finding veteran job candidates
Resources for Finding Veteran Job Candidates

  • America’s Heroes at Work Step-by-Step Toolkit for Employers

  • A toolkit designed assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.

  • http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit


Six steps
Six Steps

  • Step 1: Design a Strategy

  • Step 2: Create a Welcoming and Educated Workplace

  • Step 3: Actively Recruit Veterans, Wounded Warriors and Military Spouses

  • Step 4: Hire Qualified Veterans and Learn how to Accommodate Wounded Warriors

  • Step 5: Promote an Inclusive Workplace to Retain Veteran Employees

  • Step 6: Keep Helpful Tools and Resources at your Fingertips


Veterans issues speakers anne hirsh m s jan co director

“Veteran Hiring at Raytheon.”

Bob Foley

Wounded Warrior

Program Manager;

8 November, 2011


Raytheon s case for hiring veterans
Raytheon’s Case for Hiring Veterans:

  • Experienced in using our technology, products, and services.

  • Familiarity with our customers and their missions.

  • To recognize our veterans for their contributions to our company.

  • We share a bond in the desire to help protect our country.

  • They bring technical and leadership skills, enhanced through military experience, that can be applied to our positions.

  • Many have security clearances through DOD or other agencies.


Rtn armed services support
RTN Armed Services Support

  • We’ll provide NoDoubt™ solutions that work flawlessly

  • We’ll support your families while you’re deployed

  • We’ll support you if you were wounded or injured during combat

  • We’ll support you as you enter the next phase of your life

  • We’ll support you as you gain new skills to compete for 21st Century IT jobs

  • We’ll support you as you transition to the civilian workforce


Rtn s veteran ww hiring strategy
RTN’s Veteran & WW Hiring Strategy:

  • How we attract, network, and recruit both veterans and wounded warriors...



Operation phoenix1
Operation Phoenix

  • Branded approach on attracting, recruiting and retaining veterans and their spouses and caregivers to Raytheon.

  • Working to leverage the enterprise for attracting military talent through our Talent Acquisition (TA) efforts:

    • RTN-TA attends over 50 veteran-related career fairs, hiring expos, and outreach events each year across the country.

    • TA is seeking to capture our outreach efforts & to be more “systematic” in order to yield positive, measureable recruiting-results.

    • RTN’s outreach, recruiting, support, and involvement with military related associations, advocates, and other government agencies are growing rapidly

  • Department of Labor “Toolkit for Employers”:

    (http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit.)


Operation phoenix raytheon ta team
Operation Phoenix: Raytheon TA-Team

  • RMS: (1) Derek

  • RTSC: (1) Steve

  • IDS: (1) Claude

  • IIS: (1) Linwood

  • NCS: (1) Kevin

  • SAS: (1) Jaime

  • Corp: (1) Bob

    (and a supporting Raytheon team of approximately 72,000.)


Tips to consider
Tips to Consider:

  • Don’t imply hiring unless it’s likely. (Possibility versus probability.)

  • Don’t seek to source or network at DOD/VA hospitals. (They’re for healing not hiring.)

  • Be aware of personal responsibility & its implications: Very important to military professionals. (ie: You are the company.)

  • HR-Build a “Vet Mentor” network internally to help new veteran-hires.

  • Think about workforce development & careers for vets.

  • Vets trust vets: Advocate for & use your vet-team both internally & externally.



New employment features national resource directory
NEW Employment Features National Resource Directory


Updated employment faqs
Updated Employment FAQs

  • Are there any special hiring authorities for Veterans seeking federal employment opportunities?

  • How can I find out about job openings in my local community, as well as jobs in the federal government?

  • How do I translate my military training and experience into civilian terms?

  • If I need some assistance with my job search, who can I contact?

  • What are some of the employment-related laws that protect me as a Veteran and what are my rights and responsibilities under each?

  • What is Veterans Preference for Federal employment?


New veterans job bank beta
NEW: Veterans Job Bank (Beta)

  • The Veterans Job Bank was created in coordination with private industry leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, SimplyHired, LinkedIn, BranchOut and Monster.

  • A highlight of the search capability is a military occupational code (MOC) translator that will take the user’s military job and convert it into civilian job skills, which then can be used to select specific real world skills/jobs he or she wishes to include in their search.

  • Job Search Widget: https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/home/job_search_widget


Example mos translation 11b
Example: MOS Translation - 11B

  • 11B – Infantryman (US Army)

    • Construction Laborers

    • Correctional Officers and Jailers

    • Emergency Management Specialists

    • Fire-line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers

    • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators

    • Police Patrol Officers

    • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

    • Security Guards

    • Training and Development Managers/Specialists

    • Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer


Tagging job opportunities
Tagging Job Opportunities

  • Instructions for Employer Participation

    • https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/home/instructions_for_employer_participation

    • An overview of the JobPosting schema

    • Instructions for employers on how to “tag” job postings

    • Resources/tools that simplify implementation.


How to stay connected to the nrd
How to Stay Connected to the NRD

  • GovDelivery: Subscribe for updates on the NRD home page

  • RSS feeds (all news, subjects, locations):https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/rss/index

  • Social Media

    • LinkedIn

    • Facebook

    • Twitter @NRDgov

  • Email: info@NRD.gov


Veterans issues
Veterans’ Issues

  • Situations and Solutions


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Veterans’ Issues

  • Example

  • A retired Army medic had difficulty managing stress in the workplace due to her PTSD. Her stress intolerance was intensified when she heard the emergency medical helicopter arrive and depart from the hospital where she worked as a nurse.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • Accommodation

  • The nurse was reassigned to a

  • vacant position on a unit that

  • was far from the heli-pad so

  • she rarely heard the helicopter. 

  • During times when the

  • helicopter staff would practice

  • maneuvers in her area she

  • was allowed to work a

  • flexible schedule.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • Example

  • A veteran with PTSD was working for state government on a team project. The employer decided to move the team’s office to the basement of a building. Once the move occurred, the veteran realized that the noises in the basement were triggering memories of explosions and causing flare ups of his PTSD. He asked that the team be moved to a different location.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • ACCOMMODATION:

  • The employer did not want to move the entire team but was able to find an office on the first floor of the same building for the veteran. The rest of the team remained in the basement, but team meetings were held upstairs.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • Example

  • A wounded service member was returning to his civilian office job in a manufacturing plant. He had a TBI, which caused seizures. He had to periodically travel through the plant and his employer was concerned about him having a seizure and getting hurt by machinery or industrial vehicles.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • ACCOMMODATION:

  • The employer established a route of travel for all employees walking through the plant, away from machinery and separate from the industrial vehicle route of travel.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • Example

  • Prior to entering the service, a veteran had been a heavy equipment mechanic. However, one of his arms was amputated during his military service and he could no longer repair large, heavy equipment.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • ACCOMMODATION:

  • He decided to try self-employment, specializing in small equipment repair. He purchased a multi-lift and overhead hoist to hold the equipment while he worked on it.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • Example

  • A heating/cooling technician had a burn injury on his waist and chest from a service connected injury. He had difficulty wearing the polyester uniform required by his employer.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • ACCOMMODATION:

  • His employer had uniforms custom made for him out of cotton.


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Veterans’ Issues

  • Contact

    • (800)526-7234 (V) & (877)781-9403 (TTY)

    • AskJAN.org & jan@askjan.org