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Rod Powers

Employers: Hiring vets has advantages, risks

By June 11, 2012

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Many private-sector employers are eager to hire today’s veterans, citing attributes like leadership skills, character and good discipline, according to a recent Air Force Times story.

But businesses are also reluctant to hire veterans for several reasons, including a fear of mental health problems or the risk that the veteran could be called up for future deployments, according to an extensive survey of businesses conducted by the Center for a New American Security.

June 12, 2012 at 8:57 am
(1) csa says:

Iwhen I came home from a OIF tour, I had 10 straight interviews that ask me if I was re-deploying which is illegal, but good luck proving that!

June 12, 2012 at 9:45 am
(2) Vets2Work says:

Absolutely a great article. Anyone who has either been through basic training or OCS understands the basics of teamwork, mutual goals and achieving success. Never discount the fact veterans know how to get up early and work under pressure. Organizations like Hire-a-Vet, Wounded Warriors and WorkSpace Warriors are doing their part in creating opportunities for our veterans so we should all do the same by designating a percentage of employees be veterans. No matter what percentage you decide remember these veterans gave 100%.

June 26, 2012 at 9:54 am
(3) William D. De Nomie says:

What these people never tell you is the truth. Let me tell you, when I was seperated fom the US Army in 1970 after 46 months one tour in Germany and two tours in Vietnam, employeers weren’t interested in anything I learned.
Whats all this BS about leadership as an NCO it was important in Vietnam, but in the civilian world it added up to zit! Interviews let me tell you one ook on thatapplication, Vietnam service and the questions started like are you alright, any problems, have you tried the Local, State or Goveernment.
I can’t stand those “All You Can Be Army” Commericals,every time I see one I turn the channel. So what does all this boil down to. If you left the armed services a General or Admiral those defence contractors will gobble em up fast.
Maybe lower ranking officer possible but a grunt the only job I could fine was a toilet bowel floor sweeping janitor working nights yes sir that NCO experience of leadership, honor, duty country went right out the window returned to school and worked my way through the civilian world, and did did very well for myself…

June 26, 2012 at 10:20 am
(4) William D. De Nomie says:

Oops misspelled the word “bowl” sometimes I type way too fast typing is one skill I had to learn on my own in the civilian world. Like I said all that
NCO experience went out the window…out of the Army, and you were on your own. the Government and people will try to sell you anything.
When my nephew wanted to enlist, he wanted to be a “Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic” that recruiter tried to double talk him into anythng else but what he wanted…he said no thanks, he went to school and became a mortician.

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