10 Reasons to Hire a Veteran


As the nation marks Veteran's Day it's important to not only extend our gratitude to vets for their service, but to take what steps we can to help them when they come home. One of the best ways to support veterans is to hire them! The New York State Department of Labor offers these 10 Reasons to Hire a Veteran:

  1. Faster Learning Curve
    Veterans learn new skills and concepts quickly. They also come in with transferable job skills.
  2. Leadership
    Veterans lead by example. They know how to manage for results.
  3. Teamwork
    Veterans know how teamwork grows out of a responsibility to your peers. Their duties involve a blend of both individual and group work.
  4. Diversity in Action
    Veterans have learned to work with people of different backgrounds. They do not discriminate by race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion or economic status. They also may have worked with people of different mental and physical ability.
  5. Efficient Performance under Pressure
    Veterans work with tight schedules and limited resources. They know how to finish jobs on time, under stress. They know how to stay with a task until it is done right.
  6. Respect for Procedures
    Veterans have a unique view on accountability. They can grasp their place in an organization. They are responsible for both subordinates' work and supervisory tasks.
  7. Technology and Globalization
    Veterans keep on top of international and technical trends in the business world.
  8. Integrity
    Veterans know what it means to do "an honest day's work." They have a track record of integrity, including security clearances.
  9. Conscious of Health and Safety Standards
    Veterans know health and safety protocol. They maintain personal health and fitness. On a company level, this means protection of employees and property.
  10. Triumph over Adversity
    Veterans beat the odds. They have been in tough situations and may have overcome a disability.

How about one more bonus reason to hire veterans? Hiring a veteran could have tax benefits for your organization. Hiring certain veterans may qualify for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). WOTC is a Federal tax credit available to employers who hire and retain veterans and individuals from other target groups with significant barriers to employment (including those on temporary assistance, food stamp recipients, those living in empowerment zones, referrals from vocational rehab, ex-felons, and supplemental security recipients). Employers claim about $1 billion in tax credits each year under the WOTC program. Employers generally can earn a tax credit equal to 25% or 40% of a new employee's first-year wages, up to the maximum for the target group to which the employee belongs. Employers will earn 25% if the employee works at least 120 hours and 40% if the employee works at least 400 hours. 

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