Hired Military Spouse Kent Wheeler

Hired as a Mechanical Engineer for the United States Air Force

Kent WheelerAs a working professional married to an active duty military member, the burden of moving every few years becomes a stressor on your career as well as your family.  When my wife received orders moving us from Washington D.C. to Oklahoma City, I started looking for a job near our new duty station without much success.  It was difficult to manage a job search on top of an existing workload, family responsibilities and the logistics of an upcoming move.  I struggled to get any traction with my existing resume, and my wife had to report to Oklahoma as I stayed behind and continued my job search.  Separated from my wife and two children, I felt the pressure build to find a new job.

After hearing about Hire Heroes USA from the USO, I registered for the program and was assigned a Transition Specialist that understood the military lifestyle and the current job market.  My Transition Specialist immediately helped to alleviate the stress of the job search by providing resume services, professional guidance, and negotiation tips in finding the right job. The polished resume that Hire Heroes USA created for me markedly increased the amount of responses I received from applications. Even if employers didn’t have an employment opportunity for me, they were willing to forward my resume through their network, and that ultimately led to the job offer I accepted. I’ve since relocated with my wife and have landed a position with the Federal Government that will make it an easier transition to our next duty station, if needed. 

Military transition and spouse employment are major issues veterans and families have to overcome and Hire Heroes USA does an incredible job supporting both. What they do is amazing! My wife and I are already sharing our experience with every one we know. Thank you!