Campaign links wounded warriors weeking federal civilian careers
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DoN) announced Oct. 30 a single system wounded warriors can use to apply for Department of Defense civilian jobs.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) Juan M. Garcia, III debuted the Defense Outplace Referral System (DORS) at the third annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference in San Diego.
"In an effort to help connect our Wounded Warriors with available job opportunities, our commands and all three services have developed individual databases to capture the talent and skills of returning men and women--that process often required our Wounded Warriors, who were searching for jobs, to register in multiple systems," said Garcia. "Now we can direct them to one system."
DORS is a cost-effective vehicle that is compatible across all services, providing opportunities for a wide-array of skills and locations across the country, ensuring wounded warriors receive priority placement for jobs.
Registration is open to all services, however, in order to register in DORS, veterans must meet these qualifications: be ready to work within 30 days; be honorably discharged; and have a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more. The disability must be a direct result of injury and/or disease received in the line of duty and a result of armed conflict or instrumentality of war.
"Wounded warriors have gained a myriad of skills and experience from their military service," said Garcia. "There are hundreds of civilian occupations and careers that provide a fit for those skills - from supply sergeant to logistics specialist, corpsman to medical technician, cyber security operation to information technology manager, and many more."
Three wounded warriors are now working in civilian careers and are helping promote the program by telling their stories of transition from military to civilian service.
Matthew Sullivan, formerly in the infantry with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, is now a records room supervisor and was the first wounded warrior hired through DORS.
"DORS offers wounded warriors a great network and advantage to getting their information out," said Matthew Sullivan.
Sullivan says there are many resources available to wounded warriors, acknowledging the angst of preparing resumes on top of leaving the service.
"There is support available to help veterans relate their military experience and skills to civilian careers," said Sullivan.
Gabe Ledesma and Laura Langdeau, both former Marines and Purple Heart recipients, have also successfully transitioned to civilian careers.
"There are different ways to serve your country," said Ledesma. "Opportunities like DORS help make that possible."
Ledesma now works at Naval Sea Systems Command helping wounded warriors and veterans transitioning from the military.
"Even though we are not on the ground, we are part of the big picture and we are supporting our Sailors and Marines," said Langdeau, now a production controller at Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Lakehurst Division.
More than 10,857 veterans were among the new hires for the DoN this past year, with 2,580 of the new hires being disabled veterans and 1,835 being wounded warriors with 30% or more disability.
The Office of Civilian Human Resources is leading the execution of DORS for the DoN and in providing support to veterans interested in civilian careers. To explore civilian careers with the DoN and learn more about DORS and other support for veterans, visit www.donhr.navy.mil.
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