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Marine Corps Radio Operator to Constellation West CEO

Lisa WolfordLisa Wolford, a former Marine Corps radio operator, founded Constellation West (formerly CSSS.NET) in 1997. Constellation West is a certified service-disabled veteran-owned small company focused on cybersecurity, GIS, IT Software and Systems Engineering and Process Management.

Lisa has received several awards including Nebraska Veteran Services Champion, Vetrepreneur of the Year and the Nunn Perry Mentor Protégé Award from the Department of Defense.  Following her Marine Corps service Lisa attended college where she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a triple specialization in management information systems, accounting and Japanese strategic information systems.  If this isn’t…

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Defense & Veterans Roundup: Phoenix VA Under Pressure Over Wait List Allegations, House Balks at Slashing Pay and Benefits

Soldier Who Lost Leg in Afghanistan Vowed ‘I Will Return.’ This is What it Took to Get Back.

Tim Craig, The Washington Post. A mere 2 percent of service member amputees return to their front line jobs after recovery. This is the story of one of them. 1LT Joshua Pitcher has always wanted to be a military man. He had only been in country for two months when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and woke up days later at Walter Reed one limb lighter. He vowed then that he would return not just to active duty, but to the field. Pitcher’s story is in many ways unusual,…

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Transitioning Military Sell Your Talent Not Your Title

There’s a lot of PR going on right now around the topic of veteran hiring. Private organizations are picking up on the terrific talent pool coming out of the armed forces and many even have specific outreach programs designed to attract recently separated military personnel. Let’s be clear though, no one will hire us because we are veterans, they will hire us because we have something to offer their company.

If you’re still on active duty, look around your unit (if you’ve recently separated think back to your last one). Do you believe everyone in that group was equally talented?  We as veteran job seekers can be quick to point…

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Defense Roundup: Budget Deal Breaks Faith with Service Members and Retirees, Contractors Report High PTSD Rates, Little Care

Ryan-Murray Deal Hits Younger, Future Military Retirees

Tom Philpott, Stars and Stripes. The shocking news last week was that in a bizarre twist, Republicans and Democrats came together and actually agreed to something. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray announced late Tuesday a surprising compromise budget proposal that takes out much of the damaging sequestration uncertainty while avoiding many of the larger issues that still linger. As the agreement was looked at closer, many saw things to like and things to worry about. Overall the Pentagon is happy to have some certainty in their budget and a return to a normal process of managing their programs. By Thursday,

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Empathy for Veterans and Recruiters

Many veterans on the job hunt get frustrated because they feel like potential employers don’t understand or appreciate their experiences. While this is often true, we have to remember that empathy goes both ways. Service members also need to find ways to understand the unique constraints that recruiters, hiring managers, and supervisors find themselves in when dealing with veterans in the workforce. Bridging the culture gap takes more than just finding newer and (often times louder) ways to tell our side of the story, the empathy that we need comes from understanding where the other side is coming from.

Imagine if a civilian technical representative were assigned to your active…

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