SAN DIEGO - The Navy held its third annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference and career fair in San Diego, Oct. 30.
The conference was held to ensure that service-disabled veterans have the right support when they seek civilian employment after transitioning from their military service.
"We are very excited about our program over the past two days," said NAVSEA Executive Director Brian Persons. "Our program offered informative breakout sessions covering a wide array of topics to help organizations recruit, hire, train and retain wounded warriors."
The conference included a full schedule of employer workshops designed to equip potential employers with the knowledge and resources to make hiring wounded warriors a smart business decision. Workshop topics covered recruiting and supporting wounded warriors in the workplace and understanding post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
This year's conference also featured a two-day career fair and workshops for wounded, ill and injured service members and disabled veterans. More than 325 job seekers visited the career fair during the two-day conference, and more than 50 employers conducted interviews that resulted in 14 on-the-spot offers, with 20 more in progress.
"We expanded the conference this year so we could provide even more opportunities for wounded warriors to find meaningful employment," said Persons. "This year's conference allowed wounded warriors, private sector employers and Navy commands to make mutually beneficial connections over the course of two days."
The career workshops for job seekers focused on building practical, essential skills for employment and how to navigate systems, like federal hiring programs, that exist to give wounded warriors and veterans a competitive edge.
Workshop topics included career assessment, goal setting, veteran's skills translation, job hunting and networking, and apprenticeships, internships and training.
Since last year's conference, the Navy has hired 10,867 veterans, including 1,835 returning service members with 30 percent or higher disability ratings. The Navy is committed to increasing this number through various initiatives. NAVSEA led the Navy's service-disabled hiring effort by hiring almost one-third of the Navy's wounded warriors last year.
The conference was sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs and co-hosted by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. It was also supported by the DoN's Office of Civilian Human Resources, Navy Safe Harbor and the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service.
The Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support initiative, established in 2010 by the ASN M&RA, aims to coordinate wounded warrior employment efforts and ultimately increase wounded warrior employability by ensuring they have access to education, training and employment opportunities.
For more information about NAVSEA's Wounded Warriors Program, please contact the NAVSEA Wounded Warrior Program Office at 202-781-1431.
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