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Veterans partner with Hiring Our Heroes to find civilian jobs


The non-profit job training program assists veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses in finding meaningful work.

Bernadette Rhoades travelled to Australia and Japan as an avionics technician and instructor in the United States Marine Corps. After nine years, she was ready to return to civilian life, though she wasn't sure how she'd apply her training and talents in the private sector.

Rhoades quickly found a solution after hiring Our Heroes. The non-profit connects service members, military spouses, and veterans with American businesses for job training and other career opportunities. Rhoades landed an internship with US Bank to prepare for a career as a mainframe software engineer, allowing her to apply her military experience to her new role through hands-on training. She also meets with an assigned mentor twice a week and a manager once a week to discuss her growth and development plan.

“My experience has been amazing,” said Rhoades . “The instructors ensure we work with real-world applications and create programs we may encounter once we join our teams.”

One of her mainframe software engineer program instructors, who is also a veteran, went above and beyond to connect Rhoades and her husband to several community programs in Milwaukee so they could feel more at home in their new hometown.

 “He made my transition to civilian life much smoother,” said Rhoades.

U.S. Bank was named one of Military Times' "Best for Vets" employers this week, an honor it has received every year since 2010. The strength of the company's Proud to Serve employee-led group, which has more than 5,000 members across the company and helps to shape how U.S. Bank supports military and veteran employees, customers, and community members, is one of the reasons cited by the publication. The group also gives feedback on the bank's specialized products and services for veteran and military customers, as well as community initiatives such as donating off-lease vehicles and mortgage-free homes to wounded veterans.

 “We are passionate about hiring, developing and promoting veterans,” said Scott Lippert, U.S. Bank Executive Vice President for Payments Operations, leader of the company’s Proud to Serve Business Resource Group (BRG) and a third-generation U.S. Navy veteran.

“Through the course of their military career, servicemen and women develop many in-demand and unique skills – leadership, problem solving and teamwork – and we all benefit from their experience and expertise.”

Frankie Kelley was hired by US Bank after attending a virtual job fair hosted by Hiring Our Heroes. Two tours in Iraq were completed by the Army Signal Support Communications Specialist, who ran cable and raised antennas to improve communication between operating bases. Kelley is now a gateway support technician with Elavon, a wholly owned subsidiary of US Bank, after several weeks of shadowing and training.

“In this program, you feel like you are really a part of something special,” said Kelley . “I feel like I am just beginning my next journey after the military, and I look forward to where I can grow from here.”

U.S. Bank is honored to serve those who have served in our military. To explore open jobs that match your skills, go to careers.usbank.com and enter your MOS (military occupation specialty code) into the search bar.