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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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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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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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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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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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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First, let me start by hoping and praying that you and your family are doing well and are staying safe during these very uncertain times. I hope so and I hope that continues. So much has changed in one month – worlds have literally been turned upside-down in the span of just 30 days.  …

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In a late 2019 blog post, I detailed the year that had been – a year of so much “new” for HKY4Vets that it was honestly difficult to remember ALL that had been devised, planned, worked on, changed, moved forward and hoped for in those 12 short months. I went on to claim that with…

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Back in December I wrote a blog that detailed our region’s population of military veterans (feel free to catch Pt. 1 here if you missed) – getting into demographic aspects of population, age and eras of service, through levels of education and skill sets. The data clearly showed several things: Owing to the large installations…

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The 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg can deploy at a moment’s notice – literally within hours (to anywhere in the world) in a crisis situation. In response to rising tensions in the Middle East, it did just that. Strategically, I understand the deployment – the current situation in the Middle East is a virtual…

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For HKY4Vets, 2019 has been monumental – a year of so much “new” that it is honestly difficult to remember ALL that has been devised, planned, worked on, changed, moved forward and hoped for these past 12 months. Try as I might to stay away from our own “End of Year List”, it is impossible…

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Before Thanksgiving I received a request from a local veteran in pursuit of some demographic data on our region’s veteran population. I didn’t know the information myself admittedly, but found it particularly interesting, especially in light of new research from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) comparing the various veterans’ benefits offered state…

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For those that follow HKY4Vets, I suspect you might be growing accustomed to these somewhat longer “dry spells” with no updates (outside of our social media outlets). Always know when we go a tad bit quiet, it usually means we are really deep into making some really cool things happen – hopefully to the benefit…

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As I was doing my weekly content creation/search for our various social media outlets, I came across an article written by Amy Williams, who was chosen this past Summer to participate in the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program. Amy works with the Post-9/11 veteran population, but she has never served and was…

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The following is taken from Chad Storlie with USAA’s “Going Civilian” blog. Chad wrote it so well and provided such good information, we foresaw no need to try and improve upon his work. Thanks Chad and USAA! “The USO has long been know as the military oriented organization that brings entertainers to deployed locations, the…

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We continue our efforts to highlight the brilliant and strategic minds behind the HKY4Vets Military Taskforce. Today, meet Mr. Cary Bowman, who served in the US Army from 1983 to 2015. The following are some excerpts from a recent interview with Cary. What motivated you to join the military? A desire to serve my country,…

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Each one of us owes our military veterans a debt of gratitude for their selfless service. As part of Carolina Caring’s (www.carolinacaring.org) mission to provide exceptional, compassionate care and enhance living for individuals and their families facing the end of life, Carolina Caring is committed to honoring all veterans in our country and in our…

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