Since the recent tragedy in Afghanistan, stats are flying in the media about the percentage of returning vets who have traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and/or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All of this media noise can make the idea of hiring a vet intimidating. However, on the one hand, it is illegal to discriminate against vets in hiring. On the other, there are many excellent reasons to hire veterans:
- The vast majority of jobs in the military provide direct experience, training, and skills transferrable to civilian jobs
- Many veterans, particularly officers, have strong leadership skills
- Many veterans have four-year degrees and/or technical certifications
- In general, veterans make up a large population of smart, mature, and experienced potential employees
Luckily, there are excellent resources available to help your organization and veterans work together smoothly and productively...