Servicemembers who are transitioning out of the military may be eligible for free, round-trip airfare to attend in-person job interviews, courtesy of a partnership between Hiring Our Heroes, the Armed Forces Foundation, and Southwest Airlines. The purpose of this program is to help veterans secure employment with small- and medium-sized businesses who may not be able to offer transportation to an interview.
This program is designed for those who have left the service within the last year, or will be separating within the next 90 days. Veterans who have been out of the military for more than one year may still apply for consideration.
The veteran should be in the final stages of interviewing for a position. A face-to-face or Skype interview should have been completed. HOH will require contact information for the hiring company, and will verify the interview the veteran's place in the hiring process.
Applicants who are working with a headhunting or staffing company are not eligible for this program.
How It WorksThe veteran must first validate his or her credentials through Troop ID. He or she will then receive an email with further instructions.
There are a limited number of tickets available, and they are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
What's ProvidedOne free, round-trip airline ticket on Southwest airlines. Travel is only available to Southwest destinations. Tickets have no cash value, can not be sold, and are non-transferrable.
Hiring Our Heroes is a non-profit organization whose mission is "to empower veterans and employers with the knowledge, skills, and innovative tools necessary to optimize a strategic workforce." Founded and operated by veterans, their goal is capture each transitioning veteran and provide them with training, mentoring, and coaching to improve their job search.