In some countries, the military might be symbolic of tyranny. In America, we are blessed to look at our military and see sacrifice, duty, and freedom preservation. Considering that, have you thought of saying “thanks” by hiring a veteran?
While hiring a veteran for the sake of giving them a hand-up as they re-adjust to civilian life is a meaningful sentiment, it benefits you and your company, too!
From the beginning stages of their time in the service, members in every branch are trained to be leaders. Taught strategically on the bedrock of duty, service, and self-sacrifice, this type of leadership inspires confidence and trust, rather than demanding compliance. (What else would compel someone to follow orders into possible death?)
Service members become leaders under high-pressure situations — learning early on to put others’ needs and the organization’s ultimate good above their own. Who would not want that kind of leadership around?
- Strong Work Ethic
Discipline and hard work are ingrained into military personnel. Laziness is not an option, and every task has a purpose. Responsibility, taking ownership, and follow-through are all part of the “code.” If you already employ veterans, you might be able to tell a marked difference in their motivation, task completion, and competence in working under limited supervision.
- Highly Trained
Service members are trained extensively in specific career fields within the military. Many of these chosen fields translate into civilian careers, saving you money in training them yourself. Service members are also used to learning. They have been taught to adapt to their surroundings, often on the fly.
And if your business runs at a rapid pace, you can count on your veteran to come through. He or she has been trained both in and through high-intensity, pressure-filled situations.
Military life is tough, full of separation from loved ones, intense crises, and physical hardship. Through it all, airmen, soldiers, sailors, and marines alike have each other’s backs. It is incredibly unifying, bringing men and women together despite diverse backgrounds, gender, and ethnicity. This kind of bonding breeds a team that becomes a family. A veteran brings to your company this mindset of inclusion and teamwork.
- Tax Incentives
Hiring an eligible, unemployed veteran may also qualify you to receive multiple tax credits. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit supplies a stimulus of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans. The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and the Wound Warriors Tax credit combined provide credit for up to $9,600 for hiring unemployed veterans with a service-connected disability.
Veterans are more than heroes. They are men and women who value commitment, loyalty, selflessness, courage, efficiency, organization, self-direction, goal-oriented focus,
and the ability to handle high-stress situations.
That’s a lot of good reasons to give a veteran a chance in his or her re-entry into civilian life!
With Veterans Day right around the corner, we want to take a minute and express our gratitude to the countless men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and defend our freedom. At Hamilton Connections, freedom is something we value — so we don’ take your sacrifice for granted. Thank you.