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Employer Spotlight: Hero Health Hire

In an ongoing effort to highlight organizations which are doing great things to hire veterans, I recently spoke with Michele D. Deverich, Executive Director of Hero Health Hire (H3), an organization founded by Magellan Health Services. 23 major health care employers representing 1208 worksites in all 50 states have come together for the sole purpose of hiring wounded warriors and veterans. Each H3 organizational participant signs a Partner Pledge requiring tangible commitments toward a common end: bringing veteran talent into the healthcare workforce in a variety of roles and locations.

Michele was quick to outline several reasons why H3 was eager to bring in veteran talent.

“We have found that the attributes/personal qualities of the wounded warriors and veterans we’ve hired are truly exceptional in a number of ways leadership skills, critical thinking, effective decision-making, respect for rules and regulations, active listening, insistence on accuracy, punctuality and meeting timely deadlines, a keen sense of each mission’s priority," she said. "Quite simply, it is good for our businesses.”

The growing initiative has not been without challenges. “(It’s a) learning curve for us all really understanding the experience of the Wounded Warrior anticipating entry into civilian life. Finding regular sources of candidates… are (also) a continuing issue for us.” Michele mentions organizations such as DOL, the VA, and OPM as resources to bring applicants to her door. None of the obstacles have dampened the enthusiasm of the H3 team, who continue to network to find both new partners and interested veteran jobseekers.

So how would a disabled vet/transitioning service member find out more about the H3 initiative? Michele invites a direct call to her, adding, “My contact information is listed all over the Hero Health Hire website (www.herohealthhire.com ). A lot of individuals looking for positions (especially when transitioning from the service into a potential job they’ve never done before) want to talk with a person rather than submit a resume online. We understand this and want to provide that option.” She adds her office and mobile phone numbers (OFC 410-953-2616, BB: 561-398-1753, email: mdeverichherohealthhire.com) for complete accessibility to any job seeker who has questions or interests. It’s notable that not all positions offered under the Hero Health Hire initiative are for clinicians; a misconception that may redirect some transitioning service members looking for work. Spouses are also enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

“How could we accept their willingness to go into service, risking their lives to protect us and not have a dedicated, focused edict to help them when they come home into civilian life?“ asks Michele.

Laura Stanek, Human Resource Advisor and Wounded Warrior Program Manager, is dedicated in assisting wounded warriors and disabled veterans from all branches of service with transition to federal civilian employment. Need employment Advice? Have a success story to share? Email at laura.stanekmed.navy.mil.