Project HIRED

March 05, 2012 07:30 ET

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed to Address Project HIRED 3rd Annual San Jose "Wounded Warrior Workforce(SM)" Conference at Juniper Networks

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 - Mar 5, 2012) - 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 third annual San Jose Wounded Warrior Workforce(SM) Conference and Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 9, 2012, and will be hosted by Juniper Networks at the company's campus at 1194 North Mathilda Avenue, Sunnyvale, California. This year's theme is "Coming Home," and sessions will focus on issues crucial to the efforts of business leaders seeking to build programs to find, hire and retain wounded veterans and other workers with disabilities. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will deliver the morning keynote. Also speaking at various sessions during the event:

  • Gwen Ford, Executive Director, Project HIRED
  • Shirley Pertle, CA Work Opportunity Tax Credit Coordinator, California EDD
  • Dr. Michael Jaffe, VA Palo Alto Health Care Systems
  • Captain Rebecca Murga, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Army
  • Julie Putney, Project HIRED
  • Mary Cortani, Service Dog Trainer, Project HIRED

Confirmed career fair exhibitors include the following employers, support organizations, and educational institutions: Juniper Networks (host and sponsor), Oracle, LegalShield, Systems Integration Solutions, Brocade Communications, Area Truck Driving School, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Lincoln Training Center, HRProse, LLC, Hatch Mott MacDonald, PRIDE Industries, and others.

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 the keynote address by Mayor Reed, an invitation-only employer executive roundtable, employment information sessions, and networking opportunities at the Job Fair. A complete agenda for the event can be found at

Sessions for this year include:

  • Tax Incentives for Business: Hiring the Disabled & Veterans -- Learn how your business can benefit from new tax credit law while putting our veterans back to work.
  • Fact vs. Fiction: Understanding PTSD/TBI and supporting veteran employees with "invisible" disabilities
  • From Soldiers to Star Performers: Helping veterans in your workforce transition successfully from military to corporate culture
  • Embracing Difference, Overcoming Challenge: Creating a welcoming environment for employees with disabilities

This event is part of the Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce(SM) 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.

"For more than 30 years, Project HIRED has helped disabled workers and wounded veterans in Santa Clara County find jobs," said Mayor Chuck Reed. "This a great opportunity to connect growing Silicon Valley companies with the many highly-skilled men and women who have served our nation."

"It's an honor for us to welcome San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed as Keynote Speaker for this event," said Gwen Ford, executive director of Project HIRED. "Over the last three years, we've seen a tremendous growth in interest among Silicon Valley companies -- including Juniper Networks, Oracle and many others -- about our Wounded Warrior Workforce(SM) Program. They see how it can both help them do more to support this group of returning heroes while helping their bottom line by leveraging the nearly unlimited set of skills and abilities this group offers."

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(SM) Program The Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce(SM) 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(SM) 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.

Contact Information

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