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.”
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.
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.