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By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2008 - Servicemembers nationwide looking for jobs in their off-duty hours need look no further than a troop-support group based in southern California.
"We help citizens and businesses to thank our current military, veterans, and their spouses by posting their job opportunities ... on our free military job posting and search Web site," said Mark Baird, president of Patriotic Hearts.
Every military base in the United States is listed on Patriotic Heart's "HirePatriots.com," Web site, which gives troops and employers across the country a way to connect in their own neighborhoods.
Thousands use the site to search for employment, Baird said, adding that HirePatriots.com also hosts job fairs to support those who serve and have served in the U.S. military and their family members.
Additionally, the Web site publishes an online magazine, which includes articles and advice for military job seekers, as well as its own "Top Patriotic Employers," Baird said.
"(Those are) businesses that are currently seeking to hire those with military experience," he said.
The group's effort to support the nation's men and women in uniform doesn't stop with helping them find employment. The group also offers assistance to military couples who might be experiencing marital issues.
"Patriotic Hearts also provides romantic, all-expense paid, military marriage enrichment weekends with personal counseling sessions," Baird said. "(The weekends also include) group meetings with renowned marriage speakers and authors to help current and veteran U.S. military married couples."
Patriotic Hearts is a new supporter of the America Supports You program, a Defense Department program connecting citizens and companies with servicemembers and their families serving at home and abroad.
"Our hope is that our (affiliation with America Supports You) will strengthen our ability to continue serving those who serve us so well and honorably," Baird said.