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HIRE HEROES PROGRAM BEGINS OPERATION NATIONWIDE

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Jill Winkler
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jwinkler@3atlanta.com

(ATLANTA– June 1, 2007) – Hire Heroes, a program designed to help veterans with disabilities find careers in the healthcare industry, officially starts operation today.

An initiative of the Health Careers Foundation, a non-profit healthcare education organization, Hire Heroes will provide career placement assistance to veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom with any level of disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hire Heroes is partnering with The Sierra Group, a disability management consultancy, to identify wounded veterans who are seeking employment and screen each applicant to determine career interests, job skills and location preferences.

Additionally, Hire Heroes will work with potential employers to identify suitable positions for the veterans and facilitate placements. Companies hiring veterans are eligible for a tax credit of $2,400 per hired hero and are entitled to a tax deduction for donations made to the program. Many states also offer additional tax credits for hiring veterans and people with disabilities, and credits are available for workplace accommodations.

“Approximately 23,000 wounded veterans will need assistance acclimating to civilian life,” said Clayton Shepherd, chief executive officer, Health Careers Foundation. “With the support of the healthcare industry, the Hire Heroes program will be positioned to help these young men and women begin the adjustment processes as well as help address the nation's shortage of healthcare workers.”

Hire Heroes' goal is to place more than 8,000 heroes in jobs within the healthcare industry in the first three years of operation.

“The Sierra Group is proud to join forces with Hire Heroes as a Candidate Sourcing partner,” said Janet Fiore, CEO, The Sierra Group. “We will work with our business partners across America to find the right healthcare career fit for our returning heroes.”

To learn more about the Hire Heroes organization, please visit www.hireheroesusa.org, or contact Bayne Tippins, Director, Hire Heroes 1-866-915-HERO.

Health Careers Foundation Health Careers Foundation, a non-profit healthcare organization, was founded in 1990 by a group of healthcare executives to assist those in need as they pursue their education in healthcare. To date, the foundation has assisted more than 4,500 individuals in 41 states and awarded more than $10 million in grants and low-interest loans. HCF focuses on helping to alleviate shortages of trained health care professionals in those areas most deficient, including:

  • Dietetics
  • Medical Records/Transcription/Coding
  • Medical Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiology Sciences
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

The Sierra Group
The Sierra Group (www.thesierragroup.com ) is a disability management consultancy serving corporations, job seekers, agencies, and LTD insurance companies across America with a mission to reverse the rate of unemployment for all people with disabilities, including veterans.

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