The Department of Homeland Security Wounded Warrior Program recruits and hires severely wounded veterans. While the program does not guarantee a job, the Department provides veterans the opportunity to interview for available positions without going through the standard competitive process. If selected, the Department makes every effort to place the veterans in locations of their choice, often close to their families and support systems.
The Department recruits at career fairs, military installations, medical centers and transition workshops. The Department also has relationships with many organizations, including:
- U.S Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2);
- Soldier and Family Assistance Centers;
- U.S. Navy Operation Safe Harbor;
- U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2);
- Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment;
- Department of Defense’s Operation Warfighter;
- U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment;
- Department of Labor’s Americas Heroes at Work; and
- Salute America’s Heroes.
While the Department is committed to recruiting all severely wounded veterans, to maintain consistency with other federal wounded warrior programs, recruiting is focused on those who:
- Suffer from injuries or illness incurred in the line of duty after Sept.10, 2001, and
- Receive or expect to receive a Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs disability rating of 30 percent or greater in categories such as: Loss of Limb, Loss of Vision / Blindness, Spinal Cord / Paralysis, Permanent Disfigurement, Loss of Hearing / Deafness, Severe Burns, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and any other condition requiring extensive hospitalization or multiple surgeries; or
- Receive a Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs combined rating equal to, or greater than 50 percent for any other combat or combat related condition.
If selected, the wounded warrior is hired using one of the following special appointing authorities granted by the federal Office of Personnel Management:
- Schedule A (persons with disabilities) (5 CFR 213.3102(u));
- Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) (5 U.S.C. 3301, 3302); or
- 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans (38 U.S.C. 4214 and Public Law 107-288).
Candidates who meet the criteria for this program are encouraged to submit your resume and a brief description of the types of positions you are seeking to firstname.lastname@example.org.