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March 25, 2016

Why Hire A Veteran?

Let me tell you why I’m always interested in hiring a veteran.

First of all, I vaguely feel like it’s my civic duty.  After all, they did just spend 4 years, or more, of their life defending and protecting our way of life.

Second, it makes good business sense.  Consider this, most veterans have been in a highly disciplined environment so it’s a pretty safe bet that they will be a disciplined employee.  Additionally, they should be well trained in their field; fields that range from administrative assistant to transportation worker/aircraft mechanic to teacher to physical therapist.  And to top it all off, you and I have paid for that training through our tax dollars.  Might as well take advantage of it.

It can be a smart financial decision because there are government programs and tax incentives that will help off-set the cost.  For example, the federal government offers tax credits to companies that hire veterans.  Similarly, a variety of states offer financial programs that range from tax credits to an off-set of a portion of the veterans’ salary during their on the job training.

And it’s pretty easy to find veterans looking to transition to the private sector.  Some states, if not all, offer employment services for vets who are looking for a job and for employers who have a position to fill.  There are even individual towns that offer their own veteran job site.  My township, for example, partners with a local veterans organization to assist veterans find employment; a local business provides space that they have available to be used for job fairs, interviewing, and seminars.  It’s a nice cooperative venture to benefit vets and military spouses.

Speaking of which, let’s not forget the spouses of our veterans. Some assistance centers are designed to help find jobs for military spouses who might have had to leave a job (or jobs) because their active duty husband/wife was transferred to another location.  In other situations, military spouses serve on the home front while active duty personnel are deployed all around the world.  Either way, they’ve earned some of these same benefits.

If you are interested in hiring a veteran or military spouse you should check with your individual state or local government to see what is available in your area.  As for federal programs, you can begin your search at http://www.whitehouse.gov.

 

 

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