Hire Heroes USA is a great 4-Star Rated charity that empowers veterans and their spouses to find solid employment. I have been volunteering with them for a while now. The time commitment is based on what you have available.
Here is how I got involved.
I have been looking for a volunteer position for a long time. I looked at myself and tried to figure out what I could offer to veterans, i.e. what is my subject matter expertise. It turns out it is the federal hiring process and how it works from being a “fed” for over 18 years in all sorts of law enforcement positions.
I found out about Hire Heroes USA by chance. I listened to a podcast by Jocko Willink, ( Jocko Podcast ) ex-Navy Seal & author, when he interviewed Brian Stann, the former Chief Executive Officer of Hire Heroes. Brian is a decorated Marine and former UFC commentator. I felt a passion in their words about helping veterans. How Brian talked of his Iraq experiences and leadership. Then he went on to talk of Hire Heroes USA. It resonated in me. It hit deep inside me. How could I give back to my fellow Veterans like they both are (Jocko and Brian)? Well, one thing I knew about is when a veteran leaves service they need a good job and also HOW to get that good job. For years, I have been ad hoc helping veterans I meet, especially in law enforcement, now I could help with a bona fide organization with that very goal.
The very next day I emailed Hire Heroes USA (after doing my due diligence of checking their credibility; they are HIGH, with a 100% accountability rating from charitynavigator.org). I was contacted that day and was interviewed later in the week to see if/where I fit in. It was a fast process.
The interview was great. A two-way conversation where I could “toot my own horn” and tell them how great I am with federal hiring (ok, I wasn’t that bad but I was excited). The coordinator designated me as a bona fide volunteer. I was happy, is that the right word. Was this the first time since the War that I could give back to my fellow veterans? From the time I volunteered, to being interviewed, to my first veteran “client” it was a total of two weeks. That is lightning fast.
My first client had over twenty years of military service and was onto their next career. It is a great feeling to help, to shine a light on the illustrious and sometimes confusing federal job process. You are there to help out with what you can, with the time you have, and can be done by email (or using the old-fashioned telephone).
If you have the time, think about volunteering to help veterans. It is one way to give back and to empower them to keep moving forward.
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