As many as one in eight post 9/11 veterans cannot find a job. This is significantly higher than the national unemployment rate that has hovered around nine percent. Historically, veterans, and especially disabled veterans, have fared worse than the non-veteran population in the job market, even during good economic times.
Many employers don’t realize that these men and women bring a unique set of skills that would benefit their companies and help them grow and become more competitive. Veterans are creative problem solvers and expert team-builders, and we have excellent work ethics, attributes any business enterprise would want on board.
Monster.com’s quarterly survey of employers, Veteran Talent Index, found that those companies who hired veterans are very satisfied with their experience. In fact, 69 percent of employers who responded to the survey reported that veteran workers perform their jobs “much better” than non-veterans. The survey also indicated that 65 percent of veterans would relocate for the right job, while fewer than half of all job seekers were willing to relocate.
Employers must understand that the men and women who have served and sacrificed to keep our nation safe and strong aren’t asking for any kind of special consideration. All we ask is for a chance to prove our worth and succeed, just like anyone else. So, it will be well worthwile for companies to take advantage of this well trained, highly skilled and motivated talent pool. Hiring veterans is the right thing to do.
Information provided by DAV magazine, January-February 2010, DAV National Adjutant, Arthur Willson