Every day, hundreds of military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. On July 25, we celebrate #HireaVeteranDay to encourage employers across the country to remember that Veterans are highly trained, qualified individuals.

According to a study conducted by Call of Duty Endowment, nearly one-third of Veteran job seekers are underemployed, a rate 15.6 percent higher than non-Veteran job seekers. Lt. General Michael Ferriter, President & CEO of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, explains, “Military service is the best on-the-job leadership training in the world. Veterans bring so much to the workplace, but it is important to help them invest in professional development to continue to grow and thrive in their civilian careers.”

“When it comes to honoring the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country, offering paths to well-paying, sustainable careers is foundational to supporting their successful transition to civilian life. Our nation’s Veterans are highly trained individuals with wide-ranging skillsets which make them uniquely qualified to address challenges and drive innovative solutions in the workplace. National Hire A Veteran Day serves as another reminder for employers to consider the value associated with hiring Veterans and expanding workforce readiness solutions for transitioning service members. As a Veteran, JPMorgan Chase employee and proud board member of the NVMM, I’d like that thank all of our Veterans and stand firmly alongside the business community hiring our nation’s heroes.”


Here’s how we’re providing experiences that help promote employment and career advancement opportunities for Veterans:

  • On the first Saturday of each month, we host Rally Point, an event geared to sharing Veteran services, networking, resiliency and fellowship opportunities for Veterans and their supporters.
  • The Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership for Veterans through The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs offers Veterans six graduate-level credits transferrable to other programs to show employers a progression in continued education. Additionally, it brings together Veterans who are called to serve in civilian life to connect through their shared experiences, learn from each other, build lasting relationships and demonstrate the value of military experience and leadership to civilian employers.

“National Hire A Veteran Day is a wonderful reminder to leaders and employers to consider hiring Veterans to fill their open positions. Our military heroes’ service to their country does not end when they come home from active duty. They deserve the security of a purposeful, well-paying job just as they protected our security at home and abroad. COTA is so proud that the number of Veterans and active military members in our workforce is higher than the national average. And, our Veterans Employee Resource Group, the largest at COTA, is 126 members strong. We hire Veterans not only because we owe it to them, but also because we know they have the experience, the skills and the character to make our organization the best it can be.”


A Veteran’s desire to serve and make a difference doesn’t stop once they return to civilian life. Hire a Veteran as part of your organization today.

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