Volunteer Spotlight: Ramendu

Volunteer Spotlight: Ramendu

With more than a decade of professional experience in the software industry, Ramendu Guin has a deep understanding of how employees with diverse backgrounds, skillsets and life experiences add incredible value to a company. When he started researching volunteer opportunities, he was immediately drawn to Hire Heroes USA’s mission to empower veterans and military families. He knew that assisting military veterans and spouses would be the ideal platform to give back to the community.

Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Ramendu Guin

“Veterans are the backbone of this country,” Ramendu explained. “But there are numerous firsthand challenges that our veterans and their spouses face when it comes to military life, especially when transitioning to a new career avenue. Helping them in their career journey and being a part of their success stories drives my motivation.”

Ramendu has served in leadership roles at companies such as Salesforce and Amazon and participated in more than 200 hiring events, allowing him to provide insight and feedback to clients looking to work in similar industries. Since joining our volunteer team last November, he focused on boosting their confidence through career mentorship, resource sharing and interview preparation.

Most of all, Ramendu encourages clients to persevere through the challenges and uncertainties they face when pursuing a new career. For example, when working with a military spouse, he recognized her hesitation about rejoining the workforce after taking several years to focus on family commitments.

“I worked with her to provide job search assistance, prepare her job seeker profile and mentor her to bridge the skill gap. I can still remember the morning phone call I received from her stating that she got her desired job at her dream company! What could be more fulfilling than that?”

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of veterans and military spouses, please click here to learn more about volunteering with Hire Heroes USA.

Veterans Can Bolster our Healthcare System

Veterans Can Bolster our Healthcare System

For all of America’s resiliency, the pandemic exposed urgent societal changes that call for reform. Among them are the many visible vulnerabilities of our healthcare system. It was only a scant 12 months ago that hospitals and clinics were stretched past their limits, patients struggled to get the care they needed, and the public toiled to receive a COVID-19 test or vaccine. As the virus surged, hospitals in at least 25 states reported staff shortages. Yet on the sidelines watching these unnecessary – and tragic – medical limitations unfold were thousands of experienced former medics and hospital corpsmen, ready to serve their country as they are committed and uniquely trained to do. 

Since the start of the pandemic, we regularly heard leaders call for an ‘army’ of healthcare workers to fight this public health emergency. Yet what too few realize is that we already have an army right here, and they are ready to go. Thousands of former military medics and hospital corpsmen have hard-won healthcare skills and experience to help America recover from the pandemic. Each of them have already earned their basic medical training, with many having received additional advanced training in the field. 

At Hire Heroes USA, we’ve helped more than 56,000 U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses find jobs and succeed in the civilian workforce.  We’re driven by the belief that every veteran that is out of work is a lost opportunity for that family, their community, and our country.  Looking across the population of veterans we serve, many are former medics and hospital corpsmen from across all military branches. Many of these former military medical workers want to continue their careers in the civilian healthcare industry, yet struggle to do so.  Our data demonstrates that 50% of the 1,244 veteran medics and corpsmen we served from 2015-2020 want to work in the civilian healthcare industry.  Alarmingly, only half of those motivated individuals land jobs in the medical field.

In their military careers, many will obtain additional certifications such as Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, Tactical Paramedic, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, or Pediatric Advanced Life Support to name a few.  Working with our partner, the Call of Duty Endowment, we’ve learned that in the vast majority of states, medics and corpsmen are blocked from the healthcare industry by the regulatory barriers to  state-level accreditation. Many states don’t provide any special allowances for military medic training or inject hurdles in terms of fees, extra training, and additional examinations. This means that men and women who have the skills and experience of saving lives and ensuring the health of hundreds under extreme pressure often must start their training all over again once they return to civilian life. Instead, many choose another career path out of frustration.  And their experience that could be of such value to our country, especially during a pandemic, is squandered. 

The pandemic exposed many challenges that our country now faces. Our work demonstrates one clear solution: allow veterans to keep serving this country in the ways they are prepared to do so. To strengthen our healthcare system, hire the heroes who are already prepared to do the job. 

Ross Dickman is the Chief Operating Officer at Hire Heroes USA. If you’re interested in receiving free career support with Hire Heroes USA, click here to learn more.

Fox News Features 100 Holes For Our Heroes Fundraiser

Fox News Features 100 Holes For Our Heroes Fundraiser

On Wednesday morning, Hire Heroes USA Board Member and Marathon golfer Carl Meyer joined Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” to talk about his recent 114-hole round of golf in support of Hire Heroes USA on the Fourth of July. 

As of Wednesday, Meyer has raised more than $140,000 for Hire Heroes USA in 2021. In April, he reached the milestone of $1 million in total donations over his 14 years of fundraising for Hire Heroes USA. As a direct result of his efforts, at least 600 veterans and military spouses have secured meaningful employment since 2007. Meyer is the first and only individual to raise more than $1 million in support of Hire Heroes USA. 

There is still time to support Carl’s efforts and give back to military families. Click here to support Carl’s fundraising efforts.

Top Jobs & Training Programs for July 2021

Top Jobs & Training Programs for July 2021

Every month, Hire Heroes USA selects several job openings from our job board to highlight. These job openings are posted by partnered employers who are looking to hire veteran and military spouse talent.

View jobs from our featured employer this month, Bath Fitter. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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