The Spectrum Health Veteran Explorers Program, which launched in 2013 and is tailored to help put veterans back to work, opened a door for Hugh Lehigh, a 59-year-old Army veteran who struggled to find work for eight months after relocating from Seattle to Michigan. Lehigh is now a senior reconciliation specialist at Priority Health, where he says he has found his passion working in the medical field.
Lehigh was among four participants of Spectrum Health’s pilot program. Veterans receive resume help and coaching on how to draw from their civilian and military experience to market themselves to potential employers. Gearing up for the second round of veterans to begin in March, LeMark Payne, director of diversity and inclusion, said Spectrum Health seeks to eventually expand to 60 participants.