Last Updated: May 20th, 2012 - 04:15:35
| Make a Difference - HIre a Hero
By Sarah Hayes
May 16, 2012, 18:13 PST
|by Sgt. Nicholas J. Wolfe - August 29, 2006 - Soldiers simulating casualties help each other through a chemical decontamination shower during Exercise Red Dragon at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin|
President Bush announced yesterday that conditions on the ground have improved in Iraq which will allow some 30,000 troops to come home in the next ten months. He stated that our troops have been helping to secure the everyday lives of the Iraqi people. What will the lives of our troops and their families be like when they return home?
When men and women enlist (many who did so after 9/11) they are given a promise. That promise is either explicit or implied that, if they serve honorably, they will gain valuable skills and experiences to help them succeed in life. However, the reality is that there is a Military Service Penalty. It manifests itself in high unemployment for recently discharged veterans and even worse underemployment, the under the radar statistic whereby a young veteran takes a low paying job, often the same job they could have taken directly out of high school.
"Many Americans don't support the war, but want to support our troops,” stated Dan Caulfield Executive Director of Hire A Hero. "One of the best ways to say thank you for serving is to help our veterans and National Guard members find meaningful employment when they return home from battle. It only makes sense that those who have done the most to protect the American Dream participate fully in its rewards.”
Hire A Hero is a non-profit web based military community with a mission to help its members network in order to find quality training and career opportunities. The program is open to every American who wants to take action and give back to those who have served. Hire A Hero seeks volunteers who can work in a variety of roles from their hometowns across the country and the program is in need of donations to help keep the program free for everyone to use. A recent internal survey revealed that jobseekers who networked with more than six other users on hireahero.org had a success rate of more than 30 percent.
Senator Kerry and Senator Bond recently introduced the "Hire A Hero Act.” This legislation would authorize $25 million annually to the National Guard Bureau which would, in turn, award funding on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations that assist former members of the armed forces in finding jobs.
About the Armed Forces Support Foundation – Hire A Hero Program -
The Armed Forces Support Foundation (AFSF) was established in 1998 and is organized as a non-profit entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Through the foundation's Hire A Hero(TM) program, active and transitioning military personnel, Veterans, National Guard members, Reservists and their spouses have access to a unique online community that helps them network into quality job opportunities and training. The Hire A Hero online community is powered by volunteers who have connections to jobs and training in their hometowns. Although AFSF was made a legislative priority by NGAUS and was officially noticed in Senate Bill S3833, the foundation relies on the generosity of the American people to support it. For more information visit www.hireahero.org.
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