In an effort to honor the sacrifice of returning war heroes, Raytheon and Cisco today announced they would expand support of the Wounded Warrior Project’s education initiatives and support the development of a new cybersecurity training program that aims to help wounded servicemen and women re-enter the workplace with IT and cybersecurity skills.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a not-for-profit organization that aims to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in the nation’s history. Raytheon and Cisco will help WWP extend education programs with expertise, technology and financial resources. These expanded programs will help injured servicemen and women develop new skills for a successful transition to the civilian workforce and pursue opportunities to become cybersecurity professionals for their country.
Raytheon has committed to a five-year, $2.5 million grant and Cisco will provide information technology that will support WWP’s education programs, information technology training and employment assistance services, including the Transition Training Academy (TTA) and Warriors to Work programs.
“On Veterans Day, as we thank all who have served in uniform; we are honored to reach out to wounded warriors in support of cybereducation initiatives that support their long-term goals,” said William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon Company. “We believe strongly in the mission of the Wounded Warrior Project and are proud to have joined this important program that will provide these veterans with an opportunity to continue to contribute to our nation’s security with new job skills and professional opportunities at all levels.”
“Cisco is proud to continue to help support the brave military men and women who have served their country with honor. Wounded veterans deserve the opportunity to gain new technical skills to help support themselves and their families,” said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco. “The expansion of the Transition Training Academy provides a small gesture for the great work that our nation’s veterans do each and every day. The goal is to help them to effectively secure new roles in the military, transition to jobs or go on to further educational programs in civilian life.”
“Wounded Warrior Project thanks Raytheon and Cisco, who believe in our mission of honoring and empowering wounded warriors, for their commitment. We will continue to collaborate with the military services to expand our education outreach and to enhance our curriculum,” said Wounded Warrior Project Executive Director Steve Nardizzi. “Their vital support will help ensure that this generation of warriors is economically empowered and successful in the next phase of their lives.”
WWP delivers services to help build long-term financial and job stability for members of the armed services. These include:
• Transition Training Academy empowers candidates to learn new career skills with real-world application for a greater chance of securing future employment. Graduates have the opportunity to gain civilian employment after leaving the service, or they return to an IT-related military occupational specialty.
• Warriors to Work is a free service that helps connect wounded service members with the support and resources they need to build a career in the civilian workforce, including counseling and services that match soldiers’ skills with appropriate employers.
Read more about the project at the Wounded Warrior Web Site at: www.woundedwarriorproject.org