The [short] Roadmap for 2024

Looking back at our achievements, HKY4Vets recognizes the importance of the past as a guide for growth and improvement. We honor our history while actively forging a future where our initiatives continue to evolve. Our plan for the year ahead is robust and has our team excited for 2024! Below is a quick overview of…

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Niels Larsen: Spotlight Interview

We recently had the privilege of sitting down with Niels Larsen, our newest Fellow from USSOCOM’s Warrior Care Program. With a distinguished 20-year career in the Air Force, Niels brings a wealth of experience and a fresh perspective to our team. We posed five questions to him, and his insights were nothing short of enlightening.…

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A view from the mountainside – a milestone for HKY4Vets

HKY4Vets will reach an important milestone this week – celebrating our 7th anniversary of working with and on behalf of military families eager to make a successful life/career transition(s) from their active military service. To those that have supported us, partnered with us, taught us, sought us out, listened to us, guided us, funded us,…

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HKY4Vets announces 15 employer partners building a talent pipeline from our nation’s Armed Forces

HICKORY, N.C. – HKY4Vets, a community initiative fueled by the private and public sectors in Catawba County that assists transitioning military and military families find career opportunities, professional connections and other veteran resources in the Hickory Metro, is honored to announce 15 Talent Connect Partners for 2022-23. Over the coming year, HKY4Vets will work alongside…

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HKY4Vets – Our 6th Anniversary

The 3-hour car ride home from Fort Bragg (April 28, 2016) was filled with many questions. Yet, the car ride also had this unique energy to it – possibilities swirling of what could come or ways to harness what we had just experienced talking with transitioning service members and spouses at the Hiring Our Heroes…

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It’s About Time [Aren’t You Almost 40?]…

Our co-founder Nathan Huret wrote this short blog post as he reflects back on his 2021. Though the narrative may be for him, some of the same feelings of “faking it till you make it” apply to #transitioningmilitary, #milspouses, or #veterans in those moments of life transition or times of doubting your own tremendous abilities.…

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My Catawba County Interview w/ HKY4Vets

This blog first appeared on the My Catawba County website and is re-printed here. The organization was founded in 2016 by Nathan Huret, director of existing industry services for the Catawba County Economic Development Corporation, and Lindsay Keisler, president/CEO of The Chamber. With Veterans Day right around the corner, we asked Nathan (who serves as…

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Best Practices for a Virtual Hiring Event (2/3)

As part of our upcoming Virtual Hiring Event, we are putting together a series of blog posts for our attendees – hopefully some helpful advice on how to best prepare and approach the August 26th event. In today’s post, how to best prepare for a virtual hiring event. The pandemic-riddled 2020 saw millions of Americans…

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This is your first impression – your resume (Part 1/3)

This blog post represents the first in a series of posts we will be making over the coming weeks as we gear up for our inaugural HKY4Vets Virtual Hiring Event on August 26th (info here). We hope this information is helpful to those attendees, but perhaps it might be useful to others in their pursuit…

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The Transition Toolkit: DoD’s Skillbridge Program

Having never been through it myself, I suspect one of the most worrisome periods of transitioning from years (or decades) of US military service, is getting a foot in the door BACK into the civilian job market. You’ve most assuredly got connections and have obviously served our nation courageously in numerous capacities, yet that is…

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It’s WHO You Know vs. WHAT You Know

You have heard it before – sometimes taking the next path on your professional journey comes about because of WHO you know as opposed to WHAT you know. This theorem of life can prove both powerful (if correctly harnessed), while also at times frustrating – especially when perhaps you have been passed over when (at…

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Like A Lightning Bolt

I recently received one of those notes that has the ability to “make your day”.  It was an unexpected note from the CEO of a HKY4Vets Talent Connect Partner, singing the praises of a recent veteran hire – a great employee that has already been promoted in a short amount of time because he “has…

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A Letter to the Military Community (in honor of Veteran’s Day)

Dear Veteran and Active Service Member, We are so grateful for you and your family. The Hickory Metro region is where we enjoy a community of wonderful people, beautiful surroundings, thriving economy, and growing job market. We have the freedom to walk around the bustling and growing downtown on a Saturday night; to stop for…

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New Benefits Incoming for Veteran Caregivers

Veterans Caregiver Program HKY4Vets North Carolina

Military veterans with severe chronic diseases or disabilities have two options for care.  They may be admitted to a VA hospital if they require specialized medical support.  But for many American veterans, it is the spouse or a family member who steps into the role of a part-time to the full-time caregiver.  Especially when the…

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It Has. It Can. It Will.

North Carolina Veterans HKY4Vets

There is one aspect of our modern US military which has always amazed me – the ability of individuals that come from every corner of our country, from different cultural backgrounds, from different races, religions, political persuasions, [insert typical cultural divider here] to rise above that multitude of differences to form one team, with one…

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Veterans Say Separation and Transition Programs Still Fall Short

HKY4Vets Jobs for Veterans North Carolina

Unless you have served in the military it can be difficult to understand the realities of transitioning from military life back to civilian life.  Just as the military thoroughly trains and prepares soldiers for active duty, is the same level of conditioning provided for veterans to step down from military service? There are most definitely…

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‘Veterans Economic Recovery Act of 2020’ Will Help Veterans Unemployed By Covid-19

HKY4Vets North Carolina

In 2019, unemployment rates for American veterans fell to its lowest point in twenty years.   Increasing community outreach and non-profit support programs for military veterans was making a measurable difference. The Covid-19 coronavirus has had a substantial impact on unemployment rates.  For veterans, the month of June saw jobless rates almost reaching 12%.  In May,…

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