Operation Warfighter: Sponsor a wounded military member internship

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Operation Warfighter is a temporary assignment/internship program, developed by the Department of Defense, for service members convalescing at military treatment facilities, at first in the National Capitol Region but increasingly throughout the United States. The program provides recuperating service members with meaningful activity outside of the hospital environment and offers a formal means of transition back to the military or civilian workforce. OWF is a great opportunity for service members on medical hold to build their resumes, explore employment interests, develop job skills, and gain valuable federal government work experience that will help them prepare for their adjustment to the workplace.

While the Warfighter gets the benefits described above, the program simultaneously enables the Coast Guard to avail itself of the considerable talent and dedication of these recuperating service members. Since the service members are still receiving their military salaries, they are not compensated by the Coast Guard and there is no cost for bringing a Warfighter onboard. The Coast Guard will establish 15 OWF internships in Fiscal Year 2014.

If your command is interested in sponsoring an OWF intern, you have until November 15 to submit an application via instructions outlined in Flag Voice #398: Hiring opportunities for individuals with disabilities and targeted disabilities.

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