Imagine wrapping up a dedicated career serving your country in the military and not being able to find a job.
That’s the reality of life for a growing number of former servicemen, which is why Hire Heroes USA was created.
Championed by Executive Director Brian Stann, a decorated former Marine and standout fighter with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Hire Heroes USA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide career placement assistance to America’s returning service men and women. The HHUSA program focuses on providing transitional assistance to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans, specializing in the career placement of soldiers who were injured or disabled in action. The program serves veterans from all branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Reservists and Coast Guard.
Here’s how you can help:
Hire Heroes was recently awarded a grant from the makers of the Call of Duty video game franchise’s charitable foundation, the Call of Duty Endowment. As an added gesture, C.O.D.E has informed HHUSA that it will donate $1 (up to a maximum of $30,000) for every person who becomes a fan of its Facebook page between Thursday, May 27 and Monday, May 31.
According to Stann, the additional funds provided by this initiative will provide outgoing soldiers access to Hire Heroes’ Transition Assistance courses and employment assistance programs, many of which are executed on site at wounded warrior rehabilitation facilities.
Here’s the link to the C.O.D.E Facebook page.
Please become a fan (click "like" at the top of the page) between tomorrow and Monday and post a link on your FB and Twitter pages, asking that your friends do the same.
It’s for a great organization and as the video below illustrates, the fact that veteran unemployment rates are close to 25% makes this a timely and worthwhile cause to support.
About Hire Heroes USA:
Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) wholeheartedly understands the importance of creating opportunities for those who have asked so little but selflessly given so much. Since it’s inception in June 2007, HHUSA has been the link to career opportunities nationwide for returning service men and women – our Heroes – to ensure they have the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms they fought to preserve.
A personal approach facilitates matching of the career interests, qualifications and transferable skills of veterans with the needs of hiring companies partnering with HHUSA to fill job openings. In addition, transition assistance is made available to all Veterans HHUSA assists.
A mission-focused 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the services provided by HHUSA are done so at no cost to veterans or hiring companies and are possible only with the continued support of compassionate individuals and our corporate partners.
About Brian Stann:
Brian comes to HHUSA from the United States Marine Corps, having left active duty in May 2008 as a Captain. He received his commission through the United States Naval Academy, where he excelled in football as a linebacker and earned a degree in Economics. Brian’s military career included two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an Infantry Officer in both the Al Qaim and Habbiniyah regions. In recognition of his valiant actions during an ambush by Iraqi insurgents, Brian was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest military honor.
As he neared the conclusion of his military service, Brian became increasingly involved with mixed martial arts. He made his World Extreme Cagefighting debut in June 2006 and became the WEC Light Heavyweight champion in March 2008. Brian made his UFC debut in April 2009.
Brian is excited about the opportunity to lead the Hire Heroes USA team and looks forward to the growth and continued success of the program.
About Call of Duty Endowment:
The Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), is a non-profit public benefit corporation that helps soldiers transition to civilian careers after their military service. CODE focuses its resources on assisting organizations that provide job placement and training to veterans, as well as engaging the media and public forums to raise awareness about the issue. Activision Blizzard launched the organization in October 2009, with a commitment to donate and raise millions of dollars for the cause. To help guide the endowment, CEO Bobby Kotick has recruited an advisory board composed of respected veterans representing the various service branches. Just as our men and women in the armed forces fought to protect our nation and liberties, CODE will fight to ensure that they find a career they deserve on leaving the military.