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We all know about the challenges facing veterans looking for jobs: an unemployment higher than the national average, and that's not even taking into account the challenges faced by wounded veterans who are in the civilian job market. One of the initiatives that aims to help wounded vets is the Network of Champions, a project formed in 2008 by defense contractor Northrop Grumman to help wounded soldiers return to civilian life.

More than 70 employers, including Capital One, Northrop Grumman and General Motors, are part of the network, which is dedicated to hiring vets suffering from injuries or illnesses incurred while deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Essentially, if you apply for a job with any company in this network, if the company does not have a job that fits your skills, they will circulate your resume (with your permission) to other companies within the network.

The companies that belong to the Network of Champions include:

• Able Forces
Aerotek, Inc
Bank of America
Best Buy
Capital One Bank
• Colonial Circuits
Deloitte & Touche
• Federal Staffing Resources
General Electric
General Motors
Helmets to Hardhats
Homeland Security Careers
Homeland Security Management Institute, Long Island University
Kelly Connect
Lockheed Martin Corporation
National Glass Association
Nielsen Associates
Pinkerton Government Services
PINNACLE Network Solutions
• Quantum Executive Group
Silverstar Consulting Inc
Smart Solutions
SunTrust Bank
• Team River Runners
The Sierra Group
Travelers Insurance Company
US Naval Sailing Association (USNSA)
• US Naval Sailing Foundation (USNSF)
For more information on the Network of Champions, see the Northrop Grumman website.

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