Volunteer Spotlight: Paul

Volunteer Spotlight: Paul


Searching for a new career requires a great deal of patience, relationship building and learning. It’s a process that relies heavily on the guidance and expertise of others. With a worldwide pandemic that limited in-person events, changed the workplace landscape and reduced job openings, US Army veteran Paul Weyrauch witnessed the importance of collaborative mentorship in his own career search.

Photo of Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Paul Weyrauch
Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Paul Weyrauch

In 2020, during the height of the pandemic, Paul approached Hire Heroes USA as a client. He made a significant career transition, retiring from the military after more than two decades of service and accepting a position at Booz Allen Hamilton. Soon after, he became a volunteer with Hire Heroes USA, committed to offering others the mentorship he received during his own career transition.

When speaking with veterans and military spouses, Paul uses his own successes and challenges to provide guidance. “I try to focus on my direct experience of transitioning after 26 years of service into the world of information technology and cyber contracting for the government,” Paul explained.

While many of the clients come from different backgrounds and experiences, he finds they are always linked by their service to the country and the common goal of finding a rewarding next career. 

With each conversation, he encourages clients to take time to hone in on their passions through self-assessment, informational interviews and networking.

“Continue to work positively at finding a position that meets both your skill and passion and the right opportunity will present itself,” Paul said. “The number of unreturned calls and messages pales in comparison to the one that gets you where you want to be.”

For professionals wanting make a difference for the military community, he believes a simple introduction can be invaluable.

“Take time to share your experience and introduce veterans and spouses to someone they would have not otherwise met,” he said. “Expanding the horizon of possibilities, for me, came from talking with people around the industry that I could not have met on my own.”


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.

Top Jobs & Training Programs for September 2021

Top Jobs & Training Programs for September 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, Sanford Health. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ryan

Alumni Profile: Ryan


Each quarter, we highlight a different member of our alumni community. We want to celebrate your victories and help you find long-term success in your civilian career. We served together in the military and we continue to root for our brothers and sisters’ achievements after service. This quarter, meet Ryan.


Ryan currently serves as a FEMA Corps Unit Leader

Military Background: Ryan’s military career spans more than 20 years in the U.S. Army. After serving as an enlisted service member for 10 years, Ryan transitioned into a leadership position. As a Senior Noncommissioned Officer, he managed three staff sergeants and 35 soldiers. Ryan was also responsible for developing and executing training plans. Rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, Ryan’s many accomplishments included receiving the Top 40 Under 40 Military Award for the Class of 2017.

Career Background: After retiring from the military, Ryan began working as a unit leader for the federal sector of FEMA in the AmeriCorps Southern Region. In this role, Ryan is responsible for training and coordinating teams of young adults who commit themselves to 12 months of service.

Current Position: FEMA Corps Unit Leader 

Ryan pictured with his family at his retirement ceremony.

Experience with Hire Heroes USA: While transitioning out of the military, Ryan took advantage of Hire Heroes’ resources to prepare for his job search. Hire Heroes helped Ryan prepare his resume, building and maintaining his confidence throughout the process.

Alumni Involvement: As a Hire Heroes alum, Ryan enjoys connecting with individuals who are currently transitioning out of the military. With his transition fresh in mind, he is able to help others understand this phase and provide insights to the federal hiring process.

Ryan and his son in their respective uniforms.

Most Important Career Advice: Ryan recognizes the transition from the military to civilian workforce can be challenging. He recommends doing your research so you can  set realistic expectations for the positions and salaries that fit your skill set.

What I’ve Learned: Through Hire Heroes, Ryan learned how to tailor his resume to the positions he was applying to, ensuring he highlighted his diverse skill set. In his current role as a Unit Leader, he shares this tactic to help individuals with their own resumes.


If you’re a Hire Heroes Alumnus and you’d like to learn more about additional services, volunteer opportunities or the chance to share your story, visit the Alumni page and email Matt Kohler to get started: mkohler@hireheroesusa.org.

Hire Heroes USA Proud to Sponsor 14th Annual Bike the Bay in San Diego

Hire Heroes USA to Sponsor 14th Annual Bike the Bay in San Diego

Hire Heroes USA is excited to be the Presenting Sponsor at the 14th Annual Bike the Bay  in San Diego, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 22.

The ride is noncompetitive and takes place on a mostly-flat, 25-mile route around the San Diego Bay.  All registrants are invited to stop by our booth, which will be located directly behind the registration tent at Embarcadero Marina Park South. Be sure to say hello to the Hire Heroes team! 

Registration costs $65 to participate, and all proceeds benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. Veterans and active duty service members can enjoy a 20% discount to participate in the event. Use the code SERVICE21 to sign up.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Elana

Volunteer Spotlight: Elana


When exploring new careers, transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses sometimes find themselves limited to certain industries or roles due to assumptions about the military community. It’s why Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Elana Najera, who comes from a family of veterans, makes a point to throw out any preconceived notions. She sees each mentorship conversation as an opportunity to listen, learn and collaborate.

“I approach each client with an open mind,” she said. “The best solutions come from engaging together in conversation to craft next steps and alternate solutions as we talk through their goals and desires. We build a path with prioritized tasks together.”

Elana has more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry and has seen firsthand the top-tier skills and unique talents veterans bring to the workforce.

Hire Heroes USA Volunteer Elana Najera

I would encourage anyone who interacts with veterans and military spouses in their lives to listen to them. There is so much to gain from their experiences and specific problem-solving skills,” Elana said.

For jobseekers, Elana believes the most important piece of advice she can offer is for clients to learn how to advocate for themselves in the civilian job market. “Know and believe in your worth. By serving in our military, you have experienced and participated in problem-solving at scale. Any work experience at scale is extremely valuable.” 

With more than 53 volunteer hours completed with Hire Heroes USA, Elana has empowered many veterans and military spouses to achieve their career goals, but the benefits she receives from these conversations are just as powerful.

“I get to meet and interact with individuals that have served our country, and I cannot express how rewarding it is for me to be touched by them,” she said. “Every single client I speak with provides me with a sense of joy for their accomplishments and excitement for their road ahead.”


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.

Top Jobs & Training Programs for August 2021

Top Jobs & Training Programs for August 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, Tailored Brands. Also, be sure to check out several of our training partners by downloading the document below.

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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.

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.

Click here to download the newsletter.

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Golf Channel Interviews Hire Heroes USA Board Member and Veterans Advocate Carl Meyer

Golf Channel Interviews Hire Heroes USA Board Member and Veterans Advocate Carl Meyer

Ahead of his 14th Independence Day of marathon golf in support of military families, Hire Heroes USA Board Member and longtime fundraiser Carl Meyer appeared on the Golf Channel’s “Golf Today” to discuss his 14th annual “100 Holes for Our Heroes” fundraiser. Watch the full interview in the window below.

This year, Meyer became the first individual to raise more than $1 million for Hire Heroes USA, marking an outstanding milestone in his efforts to support veterans and military spouses. Because of his tireless efforts, at least 600 veterans and military spouses have secured meaningful employment since 2007.

Weather permitting, Meyer will golf 114 holes at his hometown course in Chenequa, Wis. on July 4th this year. Click here to support Carl’s fundraising efforts and help him achieve his $150,000 fundraising goal this year!