Many veterans’ organizations have called on the federal government to do more to encourage the hiring of veterans, and with good reason.
Unemployment among Veterans
In a recent letter to its membership, John P Leonard, National Adjutant of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, wrote about the challenge of “more than 1.1 million unemployed veterans,” and the particular challenge that 18 to 24-year-old veterans face. Unemployment among this age group is about 27 percent. Last year the Veterans of Foreign Wars issued a similar call to action asking the government to include more provisions for hiring veterans in a jobs bill.
While I appreciate the call to government action, I’d like to point out that the real responsibility lies in the private sector. More companies need to hire veterans. And more companies should hire veterans.
At Alpha we believe strongly in hiring veterans. Our professional Disability Advocates are veterans. Most of our administrative support teams are veterans. And I have never worked with a finer group of people.
Why Should Hiring Managers Hire Veterans?
These men and women demonstrate the unique leadership, drive and commitment to success that all companies covet. Their special training, the experiences they have gone through, and the challenges they have been faced with, far exceed those seen in the everyday work world. Based on my observations, the veterans we employ are passionate about the work that they do. They care about each other, and they want to see the job done right. Our veterans appreciate the opportunity to work, and I appreciate having them on our team.
Hiring veterans makes good business sense. There are even tax breaks and other incentives associated with hiring veterans.
If we as a nation want to end the unemployment challenges among veterans, hiring managers can make it happen. I call on all of them to find out, as I have, that service in the United States Military can be the most important part of a résumé. They should step up, take a chance, and answer the call to action to end unemployment for veterans. They should find out, as I have, that hiring veterans is smart, patriotic, and simply the right thing to do.
Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.