SOURCE: Project HIRED

January 25, 2010 13:52 ET

Project HIRED Convenes 1st "Wounded Warrior Workforce" Conference -- Focus Is Transition of Veterans With Disabilities to Civilian Work World

Veterans With Disabilities, Federal Agencies, Regional Support Organizations, Local Business Leaders Such as Cisco, Google, LiveOps, NISH National/Regional, Goodwill Silicon Valley, Foothill College Scheduled to Attend

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - Project HIRED, whose job placement, training, and employment services have helped hundreds of people with disabilities find the right job with the right company for the last 30 years, announced today that they will host local and regional public officials, federal agencies, local business executives and disabled veterans at a Wounded Warrior Workforce Conference on Thursday, January 28, 2010, in San Jose. The conference represents Project HIRED's launch of its Wounded Warrior Workforce initiative, which will be a specialized sub-set of Project HIRED client services designed to provide veterans with disabilities the tools and resources they need to successfully transition into the civilian workplace. In addition, the Wounded Warrior Workforce program will also offer employers strategies and services for adding these dedicated and skilled heroes to their organizations.

The January 28th conference, one of first anywhere to engage both the business community and veterans with disabilities directly -- as well as the public officials and agencies that serve them, is divided into two seminars. One seminar will be held from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm (PST) for veterans with disabilities who have completed (or will soon complete) rehabilitation and are ready to return to the workplace. The other seminar will be in the morning from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, bringing together employers interested in starting or expanding their own program for hiring these veterans.

Highlighting the opening of the seminar will be remarks by Army Reserve veteran Alvin Ramlu, who was badly injured during his service in Afghanistan. Ramlu recovered from his wounds, but suffered serious injuries, ranging from burns and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With the help of Project HIRED, Alvin now works in the Call Center of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.

Wounded Vets will participate in breakout sessions with topics that include the sometimes difficult transition from military to civilian life as well as career exploration. After the conclusion of these sessions, Project HIRED will host a career and resource fair intended to help veterans with disabilities network with each other, local employers, and other support organizations.

Sessions for employers will include: what to expect when employing veterans with disabilities, how to assess workplace readiness, how to navigate related administrative responsibilities, and how Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program can help them succeed with disabled veterans in their workforce. In addition, during a by-invitation Executive Roundtable, senior management from employers throughout the Bay Area will share best practices and learn from each other about how to address the hiring and retention of disabled veterans.

The event will be held at Project HIRED, 1401 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 125, San Jose, Ca. 95126. For more information or to register for the event as an attendee or exhibitor:

--  Veterans with Disabilities: Visit Project HIRED's Wounded Warrior
    Seminar page at http://projecthired.org/wwseminar_veterans.html.
--  Employers, Exhibitors, Veterans Support Organizations and Public
    Agencies, or General Public: Visit Project HIRED's Employer Seminar page at
    http://projecthired.org/wwseminar_employers.html.
    

About Project HIRED

Founded in 1978, the mission of Project HIRED is to help persons with disabilities gain and sustain employment. Project HIRED offers an array of job placement, training, and employment services designed to promote self sufficiency and independence, and has helped hundreds of people with disabilities get good jobs at competitive wages. Project HIRED has received the Distinguished Service Award from the California Governor's Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons, the Distinguished Service Award from the President's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, and the Innovative Partnership award from the HR Symposium, and in June of 2009 the 2008 AbilityOne/NISH National Award for Performance Excellence in Government Contracts. Through reciprocal relationships with industry, Project HIRED develops and maintains a range of services to the community, which includes outreach, employment training, job placement, education of employers and advocacy. Learn more about Project HIRED at www.ProjectHIRED.org.

About the Wounded Warrior Workforce Initiative

The Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce initiative is a portfolio of people, resources, and services that focuses Project HIRED's extensive experience and expertise in human resources strategy to support veterans as they evolve their military training, resourcefulness, and resilience into a successful civilian career. Additionally, the initiative helps businesses leverage the unique advantages of the veteran workforce. The Wounded Warrior Workforce initiative supports disabled veterans throughout their transition to the civilian workforce and supports them and their employers throughout their entire careers by creating a community of resources to serve both.

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    David Wright
    Email Contact
    (408) 363-2843