LRJ Foundation Collaborates with Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA, a national nonprofit that helps transitioning military, veterans, and military spouses find success in the civilian workforce, is actively working with The LRJ Foundation.  Hire Heroes USA is seeking tools and educational guidance for their career coaches when they work with veterans who disclose any mental health issues. Hire Heroes USA solely focuses on helping their clients find meaningful careers, but there are times when veterans communicate mental health difficulties to a Career Coach. These situations led them to engage the LRJ Foundation for solutions and guidance.

Hire Heroes USA Chief program officer, Christopher Plamp,  desires to strengthen the career coaches knowledge on mental health issue so they are better prepared to direct veterans to the appropriate help.  They are aware they are not counselors, and their responsibility is to not assess or fix the situation, but to first normalize the Veterans feelings at the moment, and direct them to resources and support.

The Lou Ruspi Jr Foundation therapists, Vanessa White Fernandes and Christine DeSousa,  have developed products for the Hire Heroes USA Career Coaches mapping out appropriate responses for veterans they encounter in crisis,  experiencing stress, and or depression, due to the challenges of seeking employment/life transitions. Their Career coaches now have a documented plan of how they should handle these difficult situations and direct veterans to the appropriate resources.

Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Hire Heroes USA vision is to be the Nation’s preferred veteran employment service organization through a relentless focus on personalized career coaching that improves clients’ quality of life and strengthens the U.S. economy.

We are honored to work with the great staff at Hire Heroes USA and provide their career coaches with education and a process to ensure any veterans needing assistance are directed to the appropriate mental health resources.


Teressa Stann

Executive Director