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Hometown Heroes 2015 Profiles: Jamie Hamming

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We are continuing a series of posts highlighting the awards recipients for the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration put on by the American Red Cross of West Michigan.
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Hometown Heroes Celebration

The event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.

Each year the American Red Cross celebrates the community heroes who inspire us through their commitment to service and their recognition of the humanity of their neighbors down the street, across the country, and around the world. The event will be held on Thursday, April 30 from 6:00PM-10:00PM at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For ticket information please visit our Hometown Heroes event page.


The American Red Cross is proud to honor Jamie Hamming with the General George Marshall Patriot Award for the 2015 Hometown Heroes Celebration. This award recognizes an individual or a group of individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to the United States of America and in service to our men and women in uniform. There is no doubt Jamie has done just that.


In 2013, Jamie founded the Veteran Explorers Program with Spectrum Health which provides opportunities to veterans who are interested in the health care industry. The program allows veterans to go through a 10 week rotation between three departments in order to find the best fit for their skills. Since its creation, the Veteran Explorers Program has found jobs for 23 veterans and it continues to grow. The program was launched in Greenville in 2014 and Zeeland will launch the program this year.


According to Jamie, “Getting a job is only a Band-Aid to the barrier,” so in addition to help in searching for the perfect job fit, the Veteran Explorers program also offers workshops for networking, resume building, and interviewing.


Jamie’s involvement with the Armed Forces goes back long before 2013. In 1990, she joined the United States Army and served as a Combat Medic for five years. During those five years she served in both South Korea and Somalia during the Battle of Mogadishu (more commonly known as Black Hawk Down).  She is from a military family, her father served in World War II and her uncle served in the Korean War. These strong ties to the Armed Forces influenced her dedication to the Veteran Explorers Program. To this, Jamie remains humble, stating, “It was never about me… it was about them.”


The American Red Cross is proud to award her with the 2015 General George Marshall Patriot Award for her dedication to both her country and those who have served.


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