What is Co-Managed Care for Veterans?

Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA is a civilian non-profit organization that provides a multitude of employment-related services for veterans and their spouses. Started in 2007 by John A. Bardis, CEO and President of MedAssets, Hire Heroes’ office is in Alpharetta, Georgia but works all across the country.

Hire Heroes does not guarantee finding a job, nor does it guarantee job placement. What it does do is bring information regarding multiple resources together under one roof. With your information, intake and assessment begins. Counselors can guide you to state, federal, county, or Veterans Affairs programs you may be eligible for and show you where to apply. They can also guide you to supplementary assistance that may be available (think child care, transportation, etc.) that is linked to job searching and employment.

Hire Heroes wants you to be able to find yourself a job, now and in the future. With this goal in mind, they teach participants how to:

  • make contacts, network, and make the most of your contacts;
  • successfully job search, using all available networks and sources;
  • and sell yourself effectively to potential employers.

It does this in five basic ways.

Online/Telephone Job Coaching: This is where it all begins; after you register, an employment counselor will be assigned to work with you. Intake, assessment, and evaluation take place via phone or email. You’ll be guided toward programs that you are eligible for, as well as given both specific and personalized job search information and tools. You are in the driver’s seat; your coach is there to help you navigate.

Resume and Interviewing Tools: Hiring Heroes provides online resume templates, articles, and potential interview questions to model and practice your own personal portfolio. Starting with these resources, participants then can work with career counselors to develop focused resumes and learn the skills needed to create personalized marketing tools on their own.

Warrior Transition Assistance Workshops: Warrior Transition Assistance Workshops assist those service members who have been injured or are ill (and their spouses) with the transition from their military career into the civilian job force. These two day workshops held on military bases focus on networking, self-marketing, and translating military skills into civilian terminology.

Career Opportunity Days: Held in conjunction with the USO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, these job fairs are geared toward veterans and those soon to leave the military (and their spouses) with injuries or illnesses. Employers send representatives to interview for immediate and soon-to-be available job openings.

Hire Heroes USA Job Board: At no costs to veterans or their spouses, HHUSA offers a jobs board that is continuously updated and (at the time of this publication) had approximately 4700 active jobs available. With easy to use search parameters and well laid out postings, this board also allows you to upload your resume for potential employers to look for potential candidates (your personal information is only open to registered employers for confidentiality).

Hire Heroes is busy! Each Monday registration opens until it is full; it often reaches capacity within the first few days of the week. Once registered, it may take up to five business days for a career counselor to reach you. Have patience and be assured that Hire Heroes does want to help, but as with all non-profit companies, demand outstrips resources. Hire Heroes requests that you check voice mail and email often; as jobs open up, they close even quicker.

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