The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the American Red Cross have signed a memorandum of understanding in Washington, D.C., on the commitment of the Red Cross to hire veterans.
The Red Cross partnership supports VA for Vets, a comprehensive career management program launched in 2011 that enables veterans to successfully join the civilian workforce.
VA for Vets offers career search tools for veterans seeking employment, career development services for existing veterans, and reintegration support for military service members. The program launched with a focus on driving hires and support for veteran hiring within the VA, and has transitioned into a program designed to connect veterans with opportunities in other federal agencies and with nonprofit organizations.
As one of those nonprofits, the Red Cross made a commitment in 2012 to hire 1,000 veterans by the end of 2014. Between July 2012 and March 2013, 5.8 percent of total hires at the Red Cross were veterans.
As part of this partnership, the VA will review hiring requirements for roles specified by the Red Cross and provide candidates who fit those requirements.
Human Resources staff at the Red Cross will also be able to search VA’s veteran resume database and contact candidates, and will have the ability to reach veterans registered in the database through email blasts.
The Red Cross partnership with the VA is just one more example of the services and support the Red Cross provides to members of the military, their families and veterans. You can learn more about Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces on redcross.org.