Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
The information and links on this page assist hiring managers and human resource professionals to understand special hiring authorities, become aware of veteran employment programs, answer veteran hiring/employment questions and develop a network of veteran employment partners. Hiring managers and HR professionals can use these resources to identify and non-competitively hire qualified veterans.
Feds Hire Vets has complied information distinctly for hiring managers and human resources professionals. Information for hiring managers includes: why to hire Veterans, special hiring authorities associated with hiring Veterans and videos supporting Veteran employment. Information for human resources professionals includes: Statues & Regulations, Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program (DVAAP) and "Things HR Should Remember."
Department of Veterans Affairs's VetSuccess is an all-inclusive resource for employers. The site includes information about Partners and Small Businesses and information about the Vocational Educational Counseling that could be useful when hiring a veteran who qualifies for that service.
Department of Labor VETS is an extensive resource directory of information for both employers of Veterans. It includes information about USERRA, how to find qualified Veterans and various other programs.
Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) assist organizations find employment ready, qualified veterans. Developing a network that includes these resources will help you find non-competitive eligible and other veteran candidates. The DVOP/LVER Locator is provided by the National Veterans' Training Institute.The locator is a large database searchable by last name, city, state and zip code.
The Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is a national employment resource for employers. The VR&E resources include On the Job Training Programs that allow employers to hire veterans at apprentice wages and the Non-Paid Work Experience Program. Each state/region has a VR&E Employment Coordinator that can assist hiring managers with placing veterans in intership, non-paid work-experience and career opportunities. Employment Coordinators maintain a high potential candidate pool of veterans and will work with organizations to ensure veterans are being trained to meet local needs.
Federal hiring managers can participate in Operation Warfighter (OWF), a Federal internship program for wounded, ill, and injured Service-members. Managers can participate by offering opportunities to transitioning service-members at no cost to the organization. Use this Interactive Map to locate a OWF Regional POC near you.
USA.gov provides a list of resources and offices specific for Veteran hiring information as well as general information about hiring within the Federal government.
Americas Heroes at Work is the Department of Labor's toolkit for managers both within the private and public sectors. This toolkit is extensive and it covers the entire process of veteran employment. The information is also helpful in the employment of veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Raising awareness and understanding about PTSD / TBI is important. American Heroes at Work supplies a variety of fact sheets and resources about employment of Veterans with PTSD or TBI.