Military personnel on duty

For military personnel with combat-related injuries

Sandia National Laboratories’ Exceptional Warrior Career Development Program (EWCDP) provides unique limited-term employment supporting national security missions, while helping participants acquire career skills through training and mentoring. EWCDP participants who perform well have the potential to transition to regular full-time employment.


The Exceptional Warrior Career Development Program has established goals to identify, recruit, hire, and train disabled military personnel who meet program criteria. The goals are to:

  • Provide activities that develop and refine career skills to support Sandia's national security mission.
  • Support additional education (e.g., offer flexible work schedules).
  • Provide a comprehensive support system.
  • Collaborate with other agencies to coordinate program benefits and services.
  • Coordinate professional, individualized, functional training, guidance, and support to help participants successfully transition from a military to a civilian career.


Sandia’s EWCDP is modeled after the successful Oracle Wounded Warrior Program, which has produced a number of top performers for Oracle. Military veterans who are accepted into the program are expected to:

  • Contribute to Sandia’s national security mission.
  • Actively pursue appropriate college education while in the program (achieving an advanced degree is desired).
  • Continue to develop and refine job-related skills through training.
  • Engage in executive-level mentoring.
  • Share experiences to improve understanding of the combat theater and enhance connections with Sandia work.

The EWCDP is a multi-year program, with new Exceptional Warriors hired each year. The program provides limited-term (1-7 years) employment and is not an internship. Rather, it involves a support structure to facilitate wounded warriors’ successful transition from military to civilian life. Annual hiring depends on workloads, funding sources, and the limitations of collaborative partners. The program estimates hiring five to ten wounded warriors annually.

Wounded Warriors