Despite their injuries, many wounded warriors embrace their abilities and tackle accomplishments that the most able-bodied would not attempt. Some have won Paralympic medals, completed triathlons and marathons, and climbed the world's tallest mountains. With minor accommodations, they usually adapt to the requirements of most jobs. Qualities of a wounded warrior include:
While a large percentage of our wounded, ill and injured service members return to active duty, many separate from service and look forward to contributing as productive members of the civilian workforce. These Veterans, who have benefited from comprehensive training during their military service, possess a wide variety of skills and experiences that can serve as a great asset to both Federal and private agencies. You can support our honorable Soldiers and Veterans by considering them when hiring for your next open position.
By hiring our population, employers are not just giving back to someone who has sacrificed for our country; they are gaining a talented and trained professional with a strong background in leadership, technology, and resilience. The value that our Soldiers and Veterans bring to competitive work environments is described in the Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families’ (IVMF) Business Case for Hiring a Veteran: Beyond the Cliches, which is based on 10 research-informed propositions that outline the benefits of hiring a wounded warrior.
Prospective employers can benefit from hiring wounded, ill and injured Veterans by being eligible for various benefits and entitlements such as:
If you are interested in hiring a wounded, ill and injured Soldier or Veteran, please access the following WTC resources for additional information:
To learn more about the misperceptions that often serve as obstacles in hiring our wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans, watch our Hire a Veteran video.
Transition coordinators support our Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) Soldiers and Veterans and U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) career coordinators and Advocates help our AW2 Soldiers and Veterans connect with prospective employers. To locate a WTU transition coordinator near you, call the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline. To reach an AW2 career coordinator, contact AW2 Career and Education below for additional assistance:
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
Toll Free: (800) 984-8523
Overseas DSN: (312) 421-3700
Stateside DSN: 421-3700
U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Career and Education
Phone: (703) 325-8979