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Why Hire a Veteran?

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Tags: Employment

WhyHireAVeteranIt's no secret Governor Dayton proclaimed July as “Hire a Veteran Month,” yet many employers may be asking themselves why they should hire a Veteran. It is true that Veterans receive training and experience that can be translated to civilian occupations; but perhaps of greater value are the life lessons the Veteran experiences while in the military. Military training not only creates Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, it transforms young men and women into responsible adults ready to fill Minnesota’s talent pipeline.

It begins with a commitment. As young as 17, these men and women commit to put service before themselves. Very quickly they learn about responsibility, accountability and being part of a team. They learn basic things that employers are looking for, such as completing a job to the desired standard and showing up on time. If you doubt this, ask a Veteran how long it took for them to learn not to be late! A Veteran returns from duty with leadership skills, technical training, safety training, crisis management skills and the ability to make tough decisions under pressure. Additionally, the average 24-year old Veteran has done all or most of the following:

  • Moved away from family and friends
  • Resided in two other states
  • Traveled outside the United States (67% of Service Members have deployed by age 24)
  • Been promoted four times
  • Purchased a vehicle
  • Experienced and overcome financial difficulties
  • Led dozens of Service Members and learned followership
  • Operated and maintained millions of dollars worth of equipment
  • Demonstrated what it takes to accomplish the mission and
  • Lived to a high set of values in challenging situations

The accomplishments and life experiences of a 24-year old Veteran are astounding. They have faced adversity and have demonstrated success – they are battle-tested.   With someone like this ready and eager to work, why wouldn’t companies hire a Veteran?
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