Hero Health Hire Helps Veterans With Disabilities Find Employment

Veterans with disabilities now have an organization on their side to help them find employment. Hero Health Hire is a coalition of companies and other entities in the healthcare industry whose goal is to employ veterans with disabilities.

“After 10 years of war, our nation’s brave service men and women are coming home to a particularly difficult economy where jobs are in short supply,” says Christopher Pearsall, public relations manager at Magellan Health Services, a partner organization with Hero Health Hire. “The Hero Health Hire partner companies recognize that we owe it to these veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much to help them make the transition into the civilian workforce.”

Hero Health Hire encompasses an ever-expanding network of healthcare organizations across the country. The Web site offers articles to assist veterans in the interviewing process, writing a resume and coping with traumatic brain injury. It also lists numerous resources for job listings, and the participating organizations have links directly to their online career centers.

In addition, the Hero Health Hire partners have collaborated to come up with best practices for translating military resumes to civilian resumes—essential for ensuring veterans are focused on the right positions to meet their experiences and training, explains Pearsall.

Pearsall says that the healthcare industry, which has a high rate of employment growth despite the economic downturn, is an ideal setting for veterans with disabilities. Not only do veterans bring a number of valuable traits—including team work and attention to protocol and detail—that translate well in the healthcare setting, the healthcare field is most suited to meet the challenges facing individuals with disabilities.

“We are also healthcare experts with clinical capabilities that are very adept at designing and executing programs specifically for disabled veterans who may be suffering from the most common injuries in today’s conflicts—traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder,” he says.

Each partner organization has its own set of employment requirements and training programs for hiring veterans with disabilities, and many jobs are available to meet individual skill sets, ranging from customer service to IT to management.

Hero Health Hire has communicated with various organizations to reach out to veterans with disabilities, including the Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America. The organization also attends conferences and events that promote the employment of veterans with disabilities. However, the best way for veterans seeking employment to contact Hero Health Hire is by visiting the Web site.

View a list of participating employers here.