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The Heroes Foundation hosted a training workshop to help veterans prepare for the hiring event

The Daniel and Salvador Montoya Heroes Foundation (Heroes Foundation), a Veterans Health Administration (VHA) partner, helps veterans find work with corporate organizations.

The foundation offered a training workshop to Veterans, Military Transitioners and their spouses prior to the 10th annual “Hire Red, White & You!” ” Event.

“The hire event has always been a success, which is why I’m excited to try this,” said Chris Montoya, President and CEO of Heroes Foundation. “I think as we continue to develop the partnership it will continue to grow and be able to achieve more and help more as we move forward. “

The statewide hiring event, which took place in early November, spread across Texas with both in-person and virtual components connecting event attendees to employers. who are currently hiring in the state.

More than 2,800 same-day hires since 2012

Texas is known to be the most populous state for veterans with an estimated 1.5 million veterans. According to Texas Workforce Board, the event has already connected 39,310 veterans with 18,268 employers and facilitated more than 2,800 same-day hires since the start of 2012.

For this year’s event, the Texas Veterans Commission asked the Heroes Foundation to organize a training workshop where participants received professional advice and guidance to help them prepare to meet with recruiters and company representatives at the event. hiring.

A few topics they focused on were information on resume tips, interview tips, building an ‘elevator pitch’, and more.

“The training workshop was an opportunity for us to help veterans in a unique way by preparing them for future opportunities with employers,” said Lakeitria Luter, of Service King Collision Repair Centers. “It was important for us to give back and help those who served our country. Mission To Hire, our veteran hiring program, is that commitment as we have hired at least 500 military veterans and their spouses in five years. We have provided opportunities in a wide range of roles and will continue to infuse our organization with talented military veterans across the United States.

Service King Collision Repair Centers was one of the companies that attended the Heroes Foundation training workshop. Along with several employer representatives from different companies, Heroes Foundation provided a variety of expertise to the participants.

“It feels good when workshop participants come out with an interview or an opportunity to meet the person they want to talk to,” said Montoya. “At a minimum, that’s what they’ve earned and deserve.”

Since the coronavirus pandemic, many companies have adapted their interview process and recruitment strategies to online platforms. The Heroes Foundation was delighted to deliver this new experience virtually, which helped all participants wishing to become more comfortable in a digital environment, to practice before “Recruit Red, White & You! “

Partnership designed to ensure economic stability for veterans

The Heroes Foundation understands how challenges such as lack of employment and the transition from military to civilian life can impact the health of Veterans and their families, and believes the workshop provided an opportunity. of success at the hiring event.

VA has partnered with the Heroes Foundation to provide opportunities to improve veterans’ economic stability, health literacy, and increase access to employment opportunities. The partners will work together to support employment opportunities for veterans, military personnel in transition and their spouses.

The Heroes Foundation and VA will also provide training on VA benefits and services to businesses and provide them with VA resources such as Veteran suicide prevention training. Additionally, VA and the Heroes Foundation are committed to educating Veterans, their families, and employers about possible risk factors, as well as the benefits and services of VA.

For more information on the upcoming event or to register, visit https://workforcesolutions.net/event/10th-annual-hiring-red-white-you-virtual-job-fair/.

To learn more about HAP partnerships, visit https://www.va.gov/healthpartnerships/.