HDR Supports Wounded Warriors at SAME Small Business Conference

(December 23, 2013) - As a sponsor of the Society of Military Engineers National Small Business Conference held recently in Kansas City and in support of the Wounded Warrior Initiative, HDR hosted a soldier from nearby Fort Riley at the conference.

"It is HDR's culture that we are honored to support our soldiers. This was a great venue to introduce them to our architecture and engineering community, provide encouragement that they have an industry of advocates to support their continued education, professional development, job search, and, importantly, provide an avenue for them to build relationships," said Jackie Hacker, director of HDR's Small Business Program.

In 2011, the SAME Board of Directors established the Wounded Warrior Initiative to develop a strategy to support wounded warriors and families of fallen warriors, including the soldier's transition to the civilian workforce, mentoring and education assistance.

HDR sponsored Master Sgt.Travis Belmont, U.S. Army, who was appreciative of the opportunity to attend the conference.

According to Belmont, "The benefits of attending the SAME Small Business Conference was that I got a chance to meet business professionals who were ready to assist soldiers who are transitioning from the military. All the HDR associates were great going the extra mile at accommodate our needs. I could not have met a better group of people.The advice I received from everyone was advantageous. This event really opened my mind and is motivating me to finish my undergraduate degree."

As an element of the SAME Greater Kansas City Post Wounded Warrior Initiative, the post's sustaining members sponsored 13 wounded soldiers who were interested in sharpening their networking and job search skills.

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