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Texas is a place of large things: wide open spaces, big cities, and huge patriotism, making it a great place for veterans to “hang their hats.” Texas history was shaped by people with similar values who fought for freedom during one of the “biggest” battles for independence in American history: the Battle of the Alamo.
Just like our fighting men and women of today, the defenders of the Alamo stood their ground when attacked by the Mexican army on Feb. 23, 1836. For 13 days the defenders held out, while their commander, William B. Travis, deployed couriers to nearby towns frantically asking for reinforcements. Even though the Alamo ultimately fell, “Remember the Alamo” became the battle cry that reinvigorated and fueled the efforts of soldiers in future battles that secured independence for Texas. The Battle of the Alamo is known around the world as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where individuals made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Today’s veterans have many options to begin their civilian careers in the Lone Star state with Hirepurpose partner companies who offer great opportunities, benefits, and military-friendly cultures. Five of these companies are highlighted below.
Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring company, has a variety of openings available in great Texas locations like Dallas, Houston, Lubbock, Sunnyvale, and Austin. The company values military service and experience, operating a robust veterans recruiting program and offering a military skills-matching tool on its website. Current job opportunities include positions in warehouse management, materials handling, sales, e-commerce development, maintenance, and more. Veterans of all ranks who served in military specialties such as supply officer, supply specialist, information technology specialist, yeomen, administrative specialist, operations specialist, maintenance technician, or in a related occupation will easily find an opening to match their skills and experience. As an employer, Mohawk has a focus on employee engagement and safety while also offering great benefits such as health, dental, and life insurance, training, an employee purchase program, tuition reimbursement and a 401(k) retirement plan.
Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, is seeking motivated veteran candidates to fill a variety of roles from administration and sales to distribution, supervisory and management positions. Home Depot has been recognized for its support of military members and their families through its commitment to hire 55,000 veterans in five years. Home Depot also offers a military discount on materials, a scholarship program for military spouses, “Welcome Home” events for returning service-members, a Military Appreciation Group that provides volunteers for USO events, and support to volunteer projects that facilitate housing improvements for veterans in need. While different positions have different experience and education requirements, ideal candidates will have characteristics that fit within the Home Depot culture: commitment to service, focus on results, dedication to lifelong learning and knowledge of products and services. Entry, mid, and senior-level opportunities are available for veterans that spent their time in the military in construction, security, operations, supply, administration, or recruiting (sales).
If working for an international oil and gas company is more your style, BP has several senior-level networking and information technology position openings in the Houston area right now. Senior enlisted members or officers who have significant experience leading information technology projects, working with networks, and handling cyber security issues would be well-suited to these IT positions. Those who have outgoing personalities, the ability to facilitate customer relationships and are familiar with marine or avionics lubricants will find their skills transferrable to the lubricant sales position. The facilities management role will require a sophisticated veteran with significant knowledge of energy generation, environmental technology and facilities management. BP is dedicated to the acquisition and retention of high-quality of military talent employs over 80,000 employees in 80 countries. Each of these great positions will provide an amazing opportunity for the right candidate to use their specialized military training and experience to transition into a lucrative private-sector career in a stable industry.
Veterans with computer programming, software and hardware development skills, experience managing information technology teams or who have training and experience with sales, business analysis, accounting or financial reporting will want to take a look at the job opportunities that Oracle has in multiple Texas locations. Oracle is an innovative leader in the information technology space with a focus on hiring veterans. It operates a veterans buddy program and internship program for wounded veterans and a university workforce development program for veterans. Positions range from mid to senior levels and require varying qualifications, most require a bachelor’s or higher in computer science, programming, or finance. Whether you are looking to be part of the sales, financial services or technology development teams, Oracle is a great place to start your post-military career.
Heavy equipment operators and mechanics, motor transport operators, vehicle mechanics and drivers should explore the Texas-based opportunities offered by Republic Services, a leader in U.S. recycling and non-hazardous waste. Many of these roles have a low-barrier to entry and plenty of room for growth, making them appropriate for former service members who served in any occupational speciality. Republic Services is committed to the military community and has pledged to hire veterans as a member of the Veterans Jobs Mission Coalition. The company believes in diversity, environmental stewardship and service, a culture that veterans and their family members not only understand, but will thrive in.
After a string of high profile incidents the commander overseeing the Navy SEALs released an all hands memo stating that the elite Naval Special Warfare community has a discipline problem, and pinned the blame on those who place loyalty to their teammates over the Navy and the nation they serve.
A group of vets are raising money to pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medals to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.