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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, March 23 2012

Today's Focus:

Army Transition - Hero 2 Hired

Senior Leaders are Saying

The approach now is more towards that prevention and looking at incorporating mindfulness, yoga, acupressure, acupuncture, so that we really help with decreasing some of that stress. We've [in the past] focused more on treatment, and over the last couple of years it's been more toward prevention, we have a ways to go.

- Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia D. Horoho, telling the lawmakers that the Army recognizes the importance of, and is more focused on, prevention, during a testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, subcommittee on military personnel, March 21, 2012.

Army focus on post-traumatic stress disorder shifts toward prevention

What They're Saying

I think the Army does a great job of helping Soldiers achieve what they originally may have thought impossible ... They have my utmost respect.

- Christy L. Paavola, senior legislative assistant to Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, and one of the 54 congressional staff delegates who visited Joint Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., to learn first-hand about Army training, March 14-16.

Hill staffers take to Benning skies

A Culture of Engagement

Today's Focus

Army Transition - Hero 2 Hired

What is it?

The Army will utilize the Hero 2 Hired (H2H) as its interim employment application/tool to provide one primary location where Soldiers of all components, veterans, and family members can connect with private industry employment opportunities. This application is web-based and able to translate military occupational skills (MOS), provide career path exploration, upload resumes, allow customized job searches, enable employers to also search for veterans, and provide performance metrics. H2H will eventually be included on eBenefits, the single portal for transition benefits.

What is the Army doing?

The Army has conducted multiple transition studies and determined there was a need to better prepare our Soldiers for post-military service, as well as to enhance opportunities to connect Soldiers with private industry. The H2H employment application tool is just one product of this ongoing effort. In addition, the Army continues to support the White House Employment Initiative and the Department of Defense- Department of Veterans Affairs (DOD-VA) Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force (TF) in the development of a new transition training and services delivery model to maximize the career readiness of all Service members. The TF Implementation Plan will follow in the next couple of months with detailed recommendations.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will also continue to engage community, non-profit and private industry partners as part of a comprehensive communications campaign to ensure employers recognize the value in hiring Veterans. First and foremost, Soldiers bring the Army ethos to the civilian sector unparalleled commitment to their mission, determination for success, and loyalty to their organization. In addition, the diverse skill sets of the thousands of Soldiers scheduled to transition over the next few years are a uniquely rich resource for U.S. employers to tap into.

Why is it important to the Army?

Our Soldiers, veterans, and families face a number of challenges transitioning from military to civilian life. Among these is finding a productive post-military career more than 130,000 Soldiers separated from the Army last year, and many are still unemployed. The Army has a responsibility to ensure transitioning personnel have the support they need and deserve prior to separating, and are career ready to enter the civilian workforce. The H2H Employment Application Tool is just one component of the Army's enduring commitment and efforts to ensure our transitioning members receive that support.

Resources:

Hero 2 Hired (H2H)
STAND-TO! Army Transition Policy Initiative
eBenefits
My Army Benefits
Army Career & Alumni Program
Related article: Hero 2 Hired website aims to transform heroes to hired civilians

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