Toolkit update from page 11 (that currently includes 2013 data):

According to the Department of Defense, 8,337 enlisted service members who served in a military health care support capacity separated from active military service in 2014.

This includes just over 4,056 medics and hospital corpsmen with the remainder having served in other military health care support occupations, including medical laboratory technician, surgical technologist, pharmacy technologist and medical assistant. (Source: Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) data on military service strength and separations for FY 2014.)

Employer Best Practices

Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) has an active military veteran recruitment program for military veterans and their families.  Read more about their program at www.veteransatHCA.com.

The Center for America coordinates the non-profit American Jobs for America’s Heroes military hiring campaign in which 1,600 national employers are participating.   www.CenterForAmerica.org.  They have compiled a Best Practices Guide to use when developing a veteran hiring strategy.  Use this link to download the Small Employer Edition (20 pages) or the Large Employer Edition (41 pages):  http://www.CenterForAmerica.org/bpg.html 

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is the first interdisciplinary national institute in higher education focused on the social, economic, education and policy issues impacting veterans and their families post-service. Through their focus on veteran-facing programming, research and policy, employment and employer support, and community engagement, the institute provides in-depth analysis of the challenges facing the veteran community, captures best practices and serves as a forum to facilitate new partnerships and strong relationships between the individuals and organizations committed to making a difference for veterans and military families.  Read more at http://vets.syr.edu/

The Road Home Program, http://roadhomeprogram.org/ at the Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL opened in 2014 to support transitioning and returning veterans and their families. At Rush, they have a dedicated web page for veterans seeking careers with the medical center.  More information can be found here: http://www.jobsatrush.com/veterans.html

Part of the Road Home Program is the EN-Abled Vet Internship Program.  This 13-week program offers veterans training and experience in key health care technologies to jump-start careers post-separation.  The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between military experience and the pressing need for professionals in today’s health care technology environment.  Read more about this program here:

http://roadhomeprogram.org/en-abled-vet/

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/04/24/your-chicago-enabled-veteran-program/

http://healthsystemcio.com/2013/10/01/enabled-veteran-develop-workforce-transition-program-military-members/

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-information-technology/how-rush-university-medical-center

A shared endeavor of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and Department of Veterans' Affairs, Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a state-wide public and private organizational network focusing on active collaboration, transparency and navigability of resources, and improved service delivery for the state's military and veteran communities.  Learn more about who is involved and the variety of issues they are discussing at www.IllinoisJoiningForces.org

The mission of the Nevada Department of Veterans Services (NDVS) is to provide vital and efficient service to and advocacy on behalf of veterans, their dependents, and survivors; and provide the community and partners the opportunity to contribute in these endeavors. Through four major programs, NDVS assists veterans prepare and submit claims for benefits, provides skilled nursing care, provides burial support at the state veterans’ cemeteries, and helps veterans successfully integrate into Nevada communities. Learn more at http://www.veterans.nv.gov/ 

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the law that created the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Yellow Ribbon Program is available for institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the U.S. or at a branch of such institution located outside the U.S. The program allows approved institutions of higher learning and the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Institutions of higher learning may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for an education program without an additional charge to a veteran’s GI Bill entitlement.  These institutions voluntarily enter into a Yellow Ribbon Agreement with VA and choose the amount of tuition and fees that will be contributed. VA matches that amount and issues payments directly to the institution.  Veterans are eligible if they served for 36 or more months on active duty after September 10, 2001.  To learn more about this program or to find a list of the many participating schools, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp 


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