Project HIRED

May 26, 2011 12:36 ET

Major General Mary Kight to Address Project HIRED 2nd Monterey "Wounded Warrior Workforce" Conference on June 2, 2011

Veterans, Federal Agencies, Regional Support Organizations, and Local Business Leaders Meet to Focus on Transition of Veterans With Disabilities to Civilian Careers

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - Project HIRED, whose job search, training, and employment services have helped hundreds of people with disabilities find the right job with the right company for over 30 years, announced today that its second annual Wounded Warrior Workforce Conference and Career Fair in Monterey will take place at the Best Western Beach Resort Monterey in Monterey, California, on June 2, 2011. This year's afternoon keynote will be delivered by Major General Mary Kight, Special Assistant to the Adjutant General of the California Air National Guard. Also speaking will be Jeremiah Ridgeway, a Santa Cruz resident, photographer, and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. Ridgeway's work was featured in Photos from the Front Lines, an Emmy®-nominated National Geographic documentary about his life during his 16-month deployment in Afghanistan.

The one-day event brings together federal and state agencies, local and regional public officials, and actively recruiting area businesses. The afternoon sessions are open and free to all job-seeking veterans with and without disabilities from every branch, conflict, and era. Scheduled events will include a keynote address, an invitation-only executive roundtable, employment information sessions, and networking opportunities at the career fair. Confirmed event sponsors include Monterey-based Laser Devices, Inc., who made a donation to support a portion of the day's programming. Confirmed career fair exhibitors include the following employers, support organizations, and educational institutions: California Department of Rehabilitation, California Employment Development Department, Central Coast Center for Independent Living, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, Education Management Corporation, Laser Devices, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Oracle, Phoenix University, Pre-Paid Legal, Robert Half International Inc., Vet Center Program, and Wells Fargo. A detailed agenda of the event can be found at the Project HIRED website:

This event is part of the Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program, a specialized portfolio of Project HIRED services designed to help veterans with disabilities successfully transition to the civilian workforce and to support their employers with long-term services and strategies for hiring and retaining these dedicated and skilled heroes to their organizations. The conference also exemplifies the grassroots outreach to both employers and individuals that is a unique hallmark of Project HIRED. Public agencies, private non-profits, and employers interested in adding disabled veterans to their workforce are welcome to register and participate in discussion, learning, and networking all day beginning at 8 a.m. All veterans, both with and without disabilities, are welcome free of charge to all afternoon sessions and the career fair beginning at 1 p.m.

"Employers and future supporters of Project Hired Wounded Warriors understand sacrifice and investment," said General Mary Kight. "Members in the military, past and present, train for the call to duty... anytime, anywhere. That training enhances capabilities that Warriors execute during their military career. Built on a foundation of service, trust, dedication, and loyalty, those capabilities are easily translated into a civilian profession. That solid foundation and those capabilities define the Warrior as opposed to any injury and/or disability. Warriors are resilient -- another valued benefit that successfully supports a new career in the civilian sector. Everyone involved wins."

"We're very pleased to bring the Wounded Warrior Workforce to Monterey County for the second year and welcome Major General Kight," said Gwen Ford, director of Project HIRED. "The program has always resonated strongly with groups that support veterans and the disabled, but over the last year we have seen tremendous interest and participation among companies such as Laser Devices not only seeking to do more to support this group of returning heroes, but also to take advantage of the amazing range of technical and leadership skills this group embodies."

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, the Innovative Partnership award from the HR Symposium, and 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

About the Wounded Warrior Workforce Program The Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce program 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 program helps businesses leverage the unique advantages of the veteran workforce. The Wounded Warrior Workforce program 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.

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