SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy will host the third-annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference Oct. 29-30 in San Diego.
The conference is 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 is also supported by the DoN's Office of Civilian Human Resources, Navy Safe Harbor and the Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service.
"If the DoN is going to ask the private sector, especially in this challenging economic environment, to reach out and hire the wounded, then we should be the organization leading the way," said Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia.
The theme for this year's conference, "Hiring our Nation's Heros - Rise to the Challenge - Diversify Your Workforce!", builds upon the Navy's ongoing effort to increase wounded warrior employability and employer capabilities to hire them.
"We have expanded the conference this year so we can provide even more opportunities for wounded warriors to find meaningful employment," said Garcia. "This year's conference will allow wounded warriors, private sector employers and Navy commands to make connections over the course of two days."
The 2012 conference, which is free for wounded warriors, will feature a career fair with more than 50 employers looking to hire. Representatives from private sector businesses including Northrop Grumman Corporation, Bank of America and Raytheon Company as well as Navy commands and the federal government agencies will host booths and accept resumes throughout the conference. Veteran support organizations will also host booths.
The conference includes a full schedule of employer workshops designed to equip them with the knowledge and resources to make hiring wounded warriors a smart business asset. Workshop topics cover recruiting and supporting wounded warriors in the workplace, and understanding PTSD/TBI for hiring managers.
"Since last year's conference, the DoN has hired 9,478 veterans to include 1,647 returning service members with 30 percent or higher disability ratings," said Garcia. "We are committed to increasing this number through various initiatives."
Employers and wounded warriors interested in attending can register online at http://www.navair.navy.mil/jobs/woundedwarriorreg.aspx.
The Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support initiative, which was 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.
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