How This 'Network of Champions' Is Placing Wounded Vets in Jobs

An electrician's mate routes permanent cable connections for a ventilation motor at Northrop Grumman's warehouse in Newport News, Va.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Gung Lo, an electrician's mate assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, routes permanent cable connections for a ventilation motor at Northrop Grumman's Light Industrial Facility warehouse in Newport News, Va., Oct. 20, 2010. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Wilyanna Harper/U.S. Navy photo)

We all know about the challenges facing veterans looking for jobs: an unemployment rate 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.

Here is how it works: If a company in the network does not have a job that fits your skills, it 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
  • Boeing
  • Capital One Bank
  • Colonial Circuits
  • Cubic
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Federal Staffing Resources
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Helmets to Hardhats
  • Homeland Security Careers
  • Homeland Security Management Institute, Long Island University
  • HRWorks
  • Kelly Connect
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • National Glass Association
  • Nielsen Associates
  • Pinkerton Government Services
  • PINNACLE Network Solutions
  • Quantum Executive Group
  • Raytheon
  • Silverstar Consulting Inc.
  • Smart Solutions
  • SunTrust Bank
  • TASC
  • Team River Runners
  • The Sierra Group
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • U.S. Naval Sailing Association (USNSA)
  • U.S. Naval Sailing Foundation (USNSF)

For more information on the Network of Champions, see the Northrop Grumman website.

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