Helmets to Hardhats’ (H2H) mission is to help transition our military heroes into successful civilian careers in the building trades. 

H2H was created by the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment. H2H is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit joint labor-management driven entity that connects transitioning active-duty military service members, veterans, National Guard and Reservists with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry. Since 2003, we’ve helped over 40,000 military personnel successfully transfer into civilian careers in the construction trades.

How do we do it? We’ve partnered with 15 international construction trade unions – like the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) – that have made a commitment to help our military heroes successfully transition to civilian life and work. We help service members explore the construction trades, get them started with earn-while-you-learn apprenticeship training programs through these partner organizations, and help connect them with employers. We also educate service members on how they can use their G.I. Bill benefits to supplement their incomes while participating in a registered apprenticeship program. 

We’re proud and honored to be our military heros’ gateway to meaningful, long-lasting, well-paying careers in the construction trades through world-class apprenticeship education programs. 

The H2H Impact in Numbers


Number of military service members H2H has successfully assisted into careers


Number of contractors in over 65 different crafts available for H2H Career Seekers


Number of training centers over 65 different crafts available for H2H Career Seekers

Our Leadership

Martin Helms

Executive Director, Helmets to Hardhats

Sean McGarvey

President, NABTU

Brandon Bishop

Secretary-Treasurer, NABTU

Daniel Hogan

Impartial Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, TAUC

Tom Van Oss

Vice President, Cherne Contracting

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