Hero2Hired Mobile Vehicle

Sgt. Maj. Wayne Bowser, Sr., the senior enlisted adviser for Family and Employer Programs and Policy in the Pentagon's Office of Reserve Affairs, stands next to the Hero 2 Hired Mobile Job Store, at the 2013 Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting.

The Sandhills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the Moore County Chamber of Commerce will join next month to sponosr the Moore County Veteran Jobs Initiative.

The Hero2Hired (H2H) Mobile Job Store will be on site, and employers and veteran job seekers will be able to preview new marketing and educational videos produced in cooperation with K2 Solutions, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, MOAA, the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, and the Pinehurst-Southern Pines Area Association of Realtors.

The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17 at noon at Aberdeen Lake Park and is designed to help inform Moore County employers of the competitive advantage created by hiring a veteran.

A lunch of hot dogs, chips and soda will be served after the presentations, and the H2H Job Store will be open for those employers and veteran job seekers interested in registering and exploring the opportunities available in Moore County.

Hero2Hired (H2H) was created to make it easy for military service members to connect to and find jobs with military-friendly companies. H2H also offers career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, education and training resources, as well as a mobile app. Support for H2H is provided through the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

With H2H, employers get free, direct access to qualified candidates who already have background checks and security clearances, which reduces recruiting and hiring costs. H2H’s system uses breakthrough match-strength technology and allows employers to send customized online marketing materials and invitations-to-apply to the candidates of their choice. Join other Moore County employers — including Pinehurst, LLC, FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Hirease, and First Citizens — and position your organization for future success by connecting your job opportunities with some of our nations' best-trained talent.

Brian Canfield, Chief Operating Officer, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, which supported production of the videos to be premiered, shared his perspective on the Veteran Jobs Initiative:

"Our core purpose here at FirstHealth is to care for the people in the communities we serve. That certainly includes our neighbors, and partners, at Fort Bragg. Being that we are so close to the base, Moore County has become an increasingly popular place for veterans to retire, and for current military personnel to settle with their families.

“We invite our veterans and their families to join us here in Moore County, and at FirstHealth, while they are stationed at Fort Bragg or after they complete their tour of duty. We are extremely grateful for the sacrifices made by our military and their families, we value each individual, and we are thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in the MOAA video. Thank you for your service."

"The Moore County Chamber is proud to provide this empowering tool absolutely free for our Guard and Reserve Service members, spouses, veterans and our local employers,” says Linda Parsons, Interim President and CEO of the chamber. “The Mobile Job Store is just a small part of H2H’s focused effort to help service members and their spouses find employment through various activities including employment assistance workshops, job fairs, and employment summits. To be able to bring this national unit to Moore County is very exciting and is critical to our continued success in Moore County. ”

David Berger, a local Realtor and chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the Pinehurst-Southern Pines Area Association of Realtors adds: "The Realtors of Moore County recognize the quality of our veteran community and assist dozens of active and retiring military with their housing needs and their resettlement into a community that will support the many needs of themselves and their families.

“We were most pleased to be included in the production of these videos and are proud to join the other sponsors in this most worthy project.”

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