It was truly an honor to appear on the WWE/Hire Heroes professional panel and to be one of the volunteers helping military veterans find suitable and sustainable employment.
Personally, I'm a Hire Heroes "success story," I know full well what it's like to be an under-employed veteran who is desperate to break into the workforce. Being invited to come back as a panelist at a networking event you once found work in was inspirational; beyond seeing how far I've come I'm also able to see how much further I have to go. Having been on both sides of the process at Hire Heroes I can honestly say it's one of the best run veteran's organizations in the country. Their staff and management put a lot of effort into helping veterans reach their professional goals and their events are among the best veteran employment events I've ever been to. Typically, when veterans go to events like these we can quickly tell that it's little more than a self congratulatory photo op for the organizer. Not Hire Heroes, the only photographer on hand was there to take professional headshots the vets could put on their Linkedin pages. Such a nice touch for those of us who don't have access to photographers or photo equipment. I look forward to continuing to work with Hire Heroes and the various veterans as they transition back to civilian life.
Side Note : There's something about standing between The Big Show and Mark Henry that makes me feel very, very small. Both of them, Corey Graves and Dana Warrior were incredibly gracious. They welcomed me like I'd been working with the WWE since it was the WWF.