Today we honor our veterans – the approximately 22 million U.S. Military members that served our country. We thank all those that have served, including members of our staff (Byron Bragg and Dean Dvorak) and many of our customers.
Several Tribute staff also have immediate family members currently serving in the military including Sue Malyj, Tim Mellinger, Lance Powell, and Nina Baker.
Unemployment is one of the biggest problems currently facing America’s veterans. In addition to our gratitude and support, our veterans need jobs. The unemployment rate for veterans is around 10%, several points above the nationwide average, with over 800,000 currently looking for work.
A number of programs have been set up to help transition our military into the civilian workforce and help them find jobs – especially in the industrial sector. Here are just a few:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has instituted the Hiring Our Heroes program with the goal of placing 500,000 through hiring fairs and partnerships with corporations. Employers and job seekers can log onto the site to post or find jobs.
The Get Skills to Work coalition is an initiative led by GE along with the Manufacturing Institute and universities like Cincinnati State to help match qualified veterans to careers in advanced manufacturing. Learn how you can get involved by reading our previous post on this innovative program.
11 Tangible Ways Entrepreneurs can Help Veterans, by Holly Magister in Forbes Magazine, outlines some great ways business owners and leaders can help veterans return to work including encouraging women veterans to get involved with the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps.
Around a million veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have come home with injuries and can use a helping hand. One of our favorite organizations where veterans help other veterans is the Wounded Warrior Project. Along with helping wounded soldiers, the WWP also helps veterans with economic empowerment and job training.
This year, do more than say thanks. Consider lending support to any of these great programs to help our veterans and boost our job force.