NACHC and U.S. Army Forge Partnership to Recruit More Veterans

001-nachc-army-eventThe National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) today signed an agreement with the U.S. Army to provide priority hiring status to qualified soldiers who participate in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. The ArmyPaYS program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross section of corporations and public sector agencies to prepare, train and connect soldiers to future employers.

The goal of the program is to help the Army attract skilled young people and secure their success once their military service is complete. The Army will provide training, as long as the service member agrees to work for a specific partner organization once they are released. The partnership will also help NACHC attract a workforce of veterans, who bring a unique skill set, valuable work experience and a demonstrated commitment to public service.

“Health centers not only have a proud tradition of providing care to veterans, they are working hard to recruit them as part of their workforce,” said Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO of NACHC. “As the national voice for health centers and the patients they serve, NACHC needs the varied skill sets that veterans possess to fill positions from top to bottom. We also need staff who can effectively and compassionately relate to diverse populations with commitment and dedication. Certainly our nation’s veterans have proven they are up to the task.”

In signing the agreement NACHC joins nearly 500 partner corporations and public sector agencies dedicated to helping Army veterans achieve success once they complete their service.

Baltimore Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Moye says the PaYS program is just one more valuable benefit the Army provides our Soldiers in order to enhance their career and ultimately the strength of our Nation.

“Our PaYS partners benefit from gaining professional employees who have developed exceptional work habits and have been held to the highest standards of conduct. Likewise, the Army benefits by gaining valuable industry partners who acknowledge the Army as a quality producer of skilled employees. It’s a great incentive for our Soldiers and we are proud to have NACHC join us in providing opportunities for a lifetime of success,” she added.

Health centers serve 25 million Americans, including 300,000 veterans. Many health centers are also working hard to recruit veterans as part of a veterans hiring initiative NACHC launched more than three years ago, which has resulted in more than 5,000 veterans being hired at health centers around the country.

Founded in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance and expand access to quality, community-responsive health care for America’s medically underserved and uninsured. NACHC represents the nation’s network of more than 1,250 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which serve over 25 million people through over 9,2000 located in all of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

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