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Gerry Borja

Gerry Borja is a staffing specialist and QCIP-Warriors program lead at Qualcomm responsible for engineering recruiting and staffing liaison for military diversity recruitment. He co-leads the Workforce Development Labs, which provides career guidance to various youth and adult groups in San Diego County. Prior to Qualcomm, he recruited for both large and startup companies in Silicon Valley and San Diego, and is a U.S. Army veteran.

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What We’re Doing to Help Veterans Find Work

by
Gerry Borja
Apr 24, 2013, 6:45 am ET

army“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

That’s what former U.S. Marine Sergeant Tanner Horsley recalled of the incident while deployed that resulted in severe injuries and thus ending his promising military career. Since his medical retirement from the Corps, Horsley was uncertain of his professional future. He had been expecting to make the USMC a career like family members before him.

He is not alone in his thoughts. Every year, 160,000 military veterans are discharged from service; 15,000 annually in San Diego, making the region home to the nation’s largest number of veterans returning from wartime duty. For Horsley, and a group of young veterans, we helped answer the uncertain questions about their immediate future by accepting them to the Qualcomm Corporate Integration Program for Warrior Veterans.

Developed by Qualcomm and supported by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, QCIP-Warriors is an initiative created to help wounded warriors and military veterans as they move from active duty to employment in the civilian world. keep reading…