SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy is hosting the 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference Oct. 29-30 in San Diego.
For the first time, this year's conference will feature a two-day career fair and workshops for wounded, ill and injured service members and disabled veterans.
Career workshops for conference participants focus 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 include career assessment, goal setting, veteran's skills translation; job hunting and networking; and apprenticeships, internships and training. Registration is free for wounded warriors and veterans.
"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 Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan Garcia. "We are committed to increasing this number through various initiatives."
Master Chief Personnel Specialist Rodney R. Williams Sr., a wounded warrior who retired from military service in August, is just one example of the Navy's commitment to hiring veterans.
"I am extremely appreciative of this internship opportunity with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), but, more importantly, I am humbled by the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the disabled population and their families," said Williams, who secured an internship as a senior disability analyst intern at NAVSEA in January. "Working to develop NAVSEA's Targeted Disability Employment Program for those who need it most is, quite simply, a dream opportunity."
The Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conferences also focuses on building employers' capabilities for hiring returning service members with disabilities. This year, more than 50 private sector businesses and federal government agencies, including the DoN, are slated to host booths and will be accepting resumes at the career fair. Support organizations like Navy Safe Harbor will also be at the career fair, ready to advise and assist wounded warriors and connect them to resources.
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.
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.
To REGISTER and for conference details, visit http://www.navsea.navy.mil/WoundedWarrior.aspx and click on the LARGE conference banner logo at the top of the page!
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