Help Wanted: Wounded Warriors For Work Force
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Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard hosted 20 representatives from state and federal veterans organizations Jan. 14 as part of an effort to build awareness of job opportunities for “Wounded Warriors” from all military branches.
“The shipyard is a very welcoming environment for veterans,” said shipyard commander Capt. Gregory Thomas.“They can interact with our sailors and civilian employees and work aboard Navy ships and submarines.”
One of the shipyard’s particular interests is hiring wounded warriors - any U.S. veteran with a 30-percent or more DVA disability rating and who served a tour in Iraq or Afghanistan. In the past two fiscal years alone, the shipyard has hired nine of them, with plans to hire 10 more in the 2010 fiscal year.
“We are a work force of about 60,000, 95 percent of whom are civilian employees,” explained Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, Naval Sea Systems Command commander.“Half of NAVSEA ... wear hard hats and steel-toe shoes to work each day. In my opinion, we have the best blue-collar jobs in America - jobs you can raise a family on.”
The 20 visitors came from the state Department of Human Services, Hawaii Office of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Wounded Warrior Battalion West from Marine Corps Base Hawaii and the Warrior Transition Battalion from Tripler Army Medical Center.
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