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Military Hire Message to Veterans: Stay Focused

Andrew Novak of Military Hire connects with COO Rob Riegle to hear a message to veterans about handling anxiety, uncertainty, and staying focused when facing challenges.



Video Transcript:

Military Hire Message to Veterans: Stay Focused

Hi I'm Rob Riegle; I'm the chief operating officer of militaryhire.com.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for watching these short series of videos that we've created for you and hopefully we find value in that collectively and hopefully we can find you a job, which is the entire purpose of our organization, thank you.

Andrew: Out there in the community, who may be struggling during this difficult time?

Rob: I know where you're at. I know the challenges and the anxiety that you face when you're coming from overseas. My last tour was in Afghanistan and coming back to the United States, so I was really anxious to figure out what am I going to do? Not only am I coming back to an environment that I haven't been involved in, but I'm also, you know, coming back from an environment that's been very stressful and high anxiety, and I think you're going to see some of that in the COVID-19 realm. The thing is to just remember to stay focused.

I mean, we've been trained to overcome much, much worse than this, and again, if you are feeling like you are overwhelmed, there are resources out there. And first and foremost—reach out to your family and friends. I mean, I've had to do that on a couple of occasions where I didn't know whether or not the future was going to be what I hoped it to be or not. It's largely unpredictable, but we're here to help you, and we're not just here to help you find a job, we're here to help you. If there's anything that we can do, certainly feel free to reach out to the Military Hire team.

Don't try to fight this alone, make sure that you get as many positive people around you as you can, and I can promise you this: People like hiring officials want you! We have 25,000 companies that want you; we have 650,000 people like you that also have gone through this process with you and are active members on our job board, so just remember there is strength in numbers, and we're here for you, and we hope that we're the ones that find you the next, best career spot that you can have, and I certainly appreciate everybody taking the time to listen to us today.

A few links to veteran crisis and support programs:

VA Support Programs and Services for Veterans
AMVETS Heal Program
Veterans Crisis Line
Military Sisterhood Initiative:
Peer support network of and for women of the military.



Military Hire: Veterans, Resilience, and COVID-19

Andrew Novak of Military Hire checks in with COO Rob Riegle to hear a message of hope to veterans during these uncertain times. 

Video Transcript:

Military Hire: Veterans, Resilience, and COVID-19

Hi I'm Rob Riegle; I'm the chief operating officer of militaryhire.com.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for watching these short series of videos that we've created for you and hopefully we find value in that collectively and hopefully we can find you a job, which is the entire purpose of our organization, thank you.

Andrew: How is the Military Hire team helping veterans during these uncertain times (COVID-19)?

Rob: I mean obviously when you get into times like this, there are certain jobs...you know our nation's first responders are largely populated by veterans, and you know healthcare organizations that are on the front lines of this battle against coronavirus—a lot of them are  former veterans and learn their trade and their craft in the military.


The engineering that's required to make the PPE to convert the existing manufacturing base, to supporting the production of PPE like at Ford Motor Company and at GM, companies like that who that are reorganizing their production to battle this effort.

Many of the people that are on the front lines of those efforts are the same ones that are on the front lines of post 9/11 missions for counterterrorism purposes, or Ex-Vietnam veterans or even still, you know, remarkably Korean War veterans that are still in the job force... so veterans are people that are really ready and able to go.

For my veteran friends that are out there, and veteran colleagues you know, I implore you to, like you have in the past, every time there's been a challenge in your life, make sure that you reach out to your colleagues and make sure that you stay current with them. And if you are feeling like this is creating a burden for you, there are many resources out there and at MilitaryHire, you can go to our landing page and we can redirect you to some veteran crisis programs and those kinds of things.

So you know, just stay alert and try to remain optimistic. Better times are ahead of us.

I'm filming this from my laptop in my home because you know we're not able to do this in person, but this again is just an indicator of the resiliency of the veteran workforce and population.

Quite frankly, organizations that aren't taking advantage of the veteran population in hiring terms are doing themselves a great disservice because there are many veterans that are just waiting to help and some of the best employees in the world are our veterans.

A few links to veteran crisis and support programs

VA Support Programs and Services for Veterans
AMVETS Heal Program
Veterans Crisis Line
Military Sisterhood Initiative:
Peer support network of and for women of the military.