WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) received the ERE Recruiting Excellence Award for Best Military Talent program, during a ceremony in San Diego, Calif., March 24, for its Wounded Warrior hiring program.
The award recognizes hiring excellence in recruiting and transitioning military members to the civilian work force.
"To be recognized for our Wounded Warrior hiring efforts is both gratifying and humbling," said Cmdr. Dave McAfee, NAVSEA Wounded Warrior program manager. "NAVSEA has worked diligently to develop and execute programs to facilitate Wounded Warrior hiring not just in our command or in the Navy, but throughout the federal government. Our nation's Wounded Warriors have skills and abilities that make a difference in this world, and we can help them put those skills to work through meaningful employment opportunities. We have absolutely benefited from the unique talent of these individuals at NAVSEA."
NAVSEA's receipt of this award supports the chief of naval operations' objectives for the Navy to become increasingly diverse, to build an inclusive climate that retains talent, and have the Navy recognized as an employer of choice in the United States.
NAVSEA's Wounded Warrior program includes outreach, education, training and hiring initiatives that begin in military treatment facilities, and continue through job placement. Through a partnership with Veterans Individual Training and Assistance Link, mentors work with wounded service members during their recuperation and rehabilitation, to provide education and training for specific career paths. NAVSEA's works with learning and employment centers to provide these same resources to those service members already separated from service.
Through these collaborative efforts, NAVSEA surpassed its 2010 enterprise-wide Wounded Warrior hiring goal by 210 percent, with a more than 90 percent retention rate among disabled veteran employees. NAVSEA is leveraging its success to create an infrastructure other federal agencies and Wounded Warriors can benefit from.
"Given all that Wounded Warriors have overcome and their front-line perspective, these are exactly the employees we want in our midst at NAVSEA," said Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, NAVSEA commander. "Our goal is to ensure Wounded Warriors have every opportunity and all the support they need to transition from military service to civilian service."
For more information on NAVSEA's Wounded Warrior program, contact Cmdr. Dave McAfee at (202) 781-1364.
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