Our goal with HKY4Vets is to impact how veterans and military spouses connect with civilian careers. Hopefully, we can help relief some of the stress from what is typically a frustrating process.
One of our early initiatives to better connect veterans/spouses to new careers have been our “Welcome Home, Hickory Metro” (WHHM) weekends, an event we have been hosting twice annually at no expense to participating veterans and their families that travel to the community.
From Fall 2017 to Fall 2018, we hosted 79 veterans and military families through our WHHM weekends. From over 200 initial interviews with Catawba County employers, there have been more than 60 follow-up interviews, 10 job offers and 7 veterans/families that have since relocated and started employment with a local company.
This page features some of those Hired Heroes, as well as some testimonials from veterans and military spouses we have had the honor to assist.
E-5, Aircraft Armament Systems - Air Force
Hired by General Dynamics-SATCOM as Adv. Production Technician, May 2018
E-5, Automated Logistical Specialist - Army @ Ft. Bragg
Hired by CommScope as Analyst, IT Operations - Networks, February 2018
WHHM WEEKEND TESTIMONIALS
"This was an absolutely amazing experience and I felt unbelievably moved by the community. Whether I get a job or not, I will be coming back." - E-7, Education & Training Craftsman - Air Force @ Seymour Johnson AFB
"I thought the hiring event was great! It was humbling to have so many folks put so much effort into a group of vets like us." - E-7, Avionics Tech - Air Force @ Seymour Johnson AFB
"The welcome home feeling of the entire town is immeasurable! I look forward to calling Hickory home! Priceless experience in every way possible! Thank you!" - E-6, Automated Logistical Specialist - Army Reserve
"I would like to thank all that were involved in all aspects of the events and hiring event itself. It was sure a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by Veterans and treated so well for service to country. Outstanding event, Thank You." - Anonymous
"We had a great weekend and enjoyed all the events planned. I thought it was great families were invited and daycare was provided. I think the events helped us to really see the community and consider Hickory as a real option." - E-6, Material Management Technician (Spouse) - Air Force @ Fort Bragg