U.S. Chamber of Commerce Honors Wounded Warrior Project for Meeting Veteran Employment Needs
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) received the Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 9th Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala in Washington, DC.
The award is presented to an organization that demonstrates leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded warriors, spouses, and caregivers in their search for meaningful employment.
“We are pleased to present this award to Wounded Warrior Project for their leadership in assisting wounded service members and their families successfully establish careers and transition to civilian life as well as educating employers on best practices in hiring and retaining this pipeline of top talent,” said Eric Eversole, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes. “Wounded Warrior Project has exemplified commitment through various initiatives such as its career counseling program, Warriors to Work, where more than 15,000 wounded veterans and family support members have been placed in meaningful employment.”
Other finalists for the award included Amazon, AARP®, and Hilton. Previous winners include Deloitte, Ryder System, Inc., and Lockheed Martin Corporation.
“This is an honor for all of us at Wounded Warrior Project,” said Jose Ramos, WWP government and community relations vice president. “We have a tremendous amount of respect for the Chamber of Commerce and Hiring Our Heroes, as well as the other organizations that were considered and the organizations that have previously won this award. We are proud to be recognized for our commitment to transforming the way America’s wounded veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities.”
Offered free to warriors and family support members, WWP's career counseling program empowers them to:
- translate military experience into a civilian resume,
- develop career skills,
- prepare for job interviews,
- get connected at job fairs and networking events,
- and facilitate relationships with potential employers.
WWP has collaborated with several local and national organizations in this mission, understanding that no one group can fully meet veterans’ needs.
“We’re proud to partner with organizations like Hiring Our Heroes to connect our nation’s wounded veterans and family members with meaningful employment opportunities,” said Tom Kastner, WWP financial wellness vice president. “We’re committed to helping wounded veterans start their next mission, and we look forward to continued partnerships with Hiring Our Heroes and other veterans service organizations to accomplish that goal.”
Learn more about how WWP helps veterans find their next opportunity through its career counseling program.