Compiled Best Practices July 2014

The V3 program regularly seeks feedback from the field and the V3 companies, particularly in regards to best practices garnered from their own experiences in the areas of recruiting, hiring, and retaining Veterans across the Commonwealth.  The Department of Veterans Services and other state agencies do not assert that we have the market cornered on these topics.  We greatly appreciate the willingness of companies to share their practices so that other organizations can benefit, and as a result, more Veterans can get hired!


From PD Systems: “Find Veterans to hire by asking other Veterans!  PD Systems needed to hire two Watercraft Engineers, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 88L, to support the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) at Fort Eustis, VA.  This is a fairly uncommon MOS.  We asked other Veterans for references, and we were able to interview three very qualified candidates – one that was living in Illinois.  As a result, we have two outstanding new employees and a happy customer!’


From Shoulder 2 Shoulder: “We hired 10 new employees of which 4 are Veterans.  All current Veteran employees were retained.  Although we did not exactly meet our goal, we did use several disabled Veterans as consultants.  As a small company we are proud that 50% of our employees are Veterans.  Of the remaining population of employees, one is a military spouse, and two are children of Veterans.We are very fortunate to work with the Wounded Ill & Injured Veteran population in the performance of our contracts.  We meet Veterans and find many with great talents and interests.  We are able to refer them to friends to hire or to fill billable positions we have open.”


From VxL: “VxL began 2014 by hiring two highly experienced Veterans to augment our staff. Mr. John Bursey served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and has extensive experience in government program management. He will be serving as the Program Manager for the recently awarded Local Guard Force contract VxL was awarded in Nassau, Bahamas. Mr. William York became VxL’s Operations’ Manager in February. Mr. York is a seasoned combat Veteran and U.S. Army Ranger who recently graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. The addition of these two gentlemen continue to further VxL’s endeavors and will pave the way for the future hiring of Veterans to support the growing number of programs VxL is competing for.

VxL added Jamie Willoughby to our staff in June to fill a critical position as our Director of Training. Mrs. Willoughby brings a broad knowledge base and real world experience to the VxL team as a seasoned exercise designer and training program/curriculum developer. Most recently she served as the Exercise Program Manager for DHS: Office of Infrastructure Protection. Prior to this assignment, Mrs. Willoughby served as the Antiterrorism Program Manager at Fort A.P. Hill, principal advisor to the Intelligence and Security Command Commanding General at Fort. Belvoir, VA, Law Enforcement Liaison, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and as the U.S. Army Military Police Deputy Provost Marshall within the Military District of Washington. Adding a Veteran with experience in government programs such as Mrs. Willoughby’s, provides an opportunity to expand VxL’s core competencies and will create more opportunities to hire qualified Veterans in the very near future.”


From Praescient Analytics: “We continue to have great success with organizations like Hiring Our Heroes and services like Clearance Jobs. We also seek veterans for positions that are aligned with their work experience, such as Intelligence Analysts.”