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Washington, DC—Some of the toughest barriers warriors face are associated with the invisible wounds of war. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other invisible wounds can negatively affect a warrior’s readjustment in many ways – impairing health and well-being, compounding the challenges of obtaining employment, and limiting earning capacity.

Washington, DC—Wounded Warriors are all too familiar with the hard fact of life that we must react to life events that are unplanned and unwanted. For many, the death of their dreams in the military has ultimately led to realizing their destiny in the civilian business world. Regaining a sense of purpose by finding meaningful employment is paramount for many healing from the wounds of combat. In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative focused on one measure of success—jobs for the one million unemployed Veterans in America.

Washington, DC—With less than 1% of Americans serving in the military and only about 15% of the military force being comprised of women, transitioning out of the military is analogous to having lead a second life like a superhero. A unique population of Veterans that most civilians don’t fully understand, women Veterans often face difficulty reconciling their time in the military with life back home.

Detroit, MI—“Veterans are crucial to our economy, and we need to find them jobs,” declared President Obama during his recent State of the Union Address.

Committed to helping Veterans become successful entrepreneurs and finding fulfillment in self-employment in both the public and private sectors, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is set to host over 6,000 participants from June 26-29, 2012 at the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI. Are you going to join in the excitement of supporting the Veteran business community?

Virginia Beach, VA—Looking for an edge over the competition? The federal government has clicked into the social media scene and it’s reported that over 90% of federal government reps and contractors in the government contracting industry are using social media. Besides being a natural way to promote your business and find new partners and customers, social media and the Gov 2.0 movement present new business opportunities to sell social media services to the government.

Washington, D.C. – Did you know that companies less than five years old created 44 million jobs over the past three decades? Accounting for virtually all of the net growth in our country from 1980 to 2005, startups are undoubtedly the center of job creation in every part of our country. With so much focus on increasing job opportunities, the White House has made it a priority to help improve the small business environment through the Startup America Legislation Agenda.

Atlanta, Georgia– A proud supporter of veterans, Halfaker and Associates continues to be publically recognized for its role in providing meaningful work for transitioning service men and women., where America’s military connects with civilian careers, announced on February 27, 2012 that Halfaker and Associate, LLC was named a finalist for the 2012 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military®. The Most Valuable Employers will be recognized in the month of May to help honor Armed Forces Day.

Arlington, VA—A wind down of expeditionary efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, coupled with imminent Pentagon budget cuts is expected to send a massive influx of professional military veterans into the private sector workforce.  On February 15th, Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, provided insight into the challenges surrounding transitioning service members and led the audience through her inspiring story of her transition from the Battlefield to the Boardroom during the February installment of the Analytic Services Distinguished Speaker Series.

National Harbor, MD— Tremendous strides made in military medicine during the last decade of war have helped increase the survival rate of wounded warriors to unprecedented levels. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement in the Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing first class support to returning wounded warriors, their families and transitioning veterans.

Washington, DC—Making another small step forward in opening more jobs to women in the military, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on February 9th that more than 14,000 new job opportunities are expected to open this spring to women. This policy will allow women to perform six jobs that take place near combat units, such as tank mechanic and field artillery radar operator. Additionally, the policy lifts a ban restricting women from serving in combat units below the brigade level.