VetNet, a Great Google Creation

The Ruptured Duck, a blog for veterans and those who will beThe Ruptured Duck is a blog for vets run by Stars and Stripes. And they focus on veteran’s issues, such as VetNet, a new Google creation formed by the search engine monster, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hire Heroes USA, and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families:

The search engine giant is trying to do for veterans what it does best: provide a centralized place to easily find and use the information that’s out there. The company has partnered with Hire Heroes USA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families to create VetNet, an interactive community for job searching veterans and their spouses.

VetNet“We hope it is a one-stop shop of sorts that offers a full spectrum of services no matter where [veterans] are in [their] transition,” Carrie Laureno, of Google, said.

The idea, though, was to make it more than just a resource library. VetNet not only will gather all the important information in one easily navigated place, but will also make the process more interactive instead of a one-way deluge of information. The hallmark of VetNet will be use of the Google Hangouts feature, which lets a group of people video chat with each other. With the VetNet arranged hangouts, veterans can have “fireside chats” with CEOs and successful entrepreneurs and “attend” training classes where participants can ask questions, said Kevin Schmiegel, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who is executive director of the Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program.

VetNet Entrepreneur Track

They’ll record the chats and post on YouTube for others to view.

VetNet is an important tool. I’ve met vets with definitive plans post-serivce. And then I’ve met guys who are lost. VetNet will able to help both.

Hire Heroes USA

When reading about Mixed Martial Artist Brian Stann (about to face Alessio Sakara), I came across a charity Brian runs. He is a Marine (ex, prior, etc) who was awarded the Silver Star in Iraq for Valor. And along with MMA, this is his new gig:

Brian Stann fights April 14 at UFC on Fuel TV 2

That’s the mindset at home. Stann also has another life outside the gym, as president of Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create job opportunities for veterans.

He’s expressed a profound drive to give back to his military brethren ever since leaving active service to pursue his MMA career.

Stann also has become a spokesperson for a few companies related to the fight business.

Hire Heroes USA

Beyond simply wearing a logo on his shorts in order to profit from his name recognition, he really digs in. He was calling me, in fact, to tout the TRX training system, which was developed by a Navy Seal.

Hire Heroes USA website can be found here. My big question for Brian: does he have a brother? I think I served with him. First name, Afghan? Middle initial, A?