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A Call to Action for Employers: Hire More Vets

May 11th, 2017 by David Minces

About 1.4 million veterans in America are at risk of homelessness due to poverty. While the high rate of poverty among veterans in the country they served is attributable to an array of factors from poor healthcare to lack of community support, the main cause of this issue according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the inability for veterans to retain stable employment after they end their military careers. There are so many reasons to hire veterans, a few being their dedicated work ethic, leadership abilities, willingness to work as a team, and unparalleled integrity. The United States Department of Labor, under new Secretary Alexander Acosta, just added one more. Last week the HIRE Vets Medallion Program was launched to encourage employers to pursue former service members as job candidates. HIRE Vets is aimed at honoring employers who “recruit, retain, and employ veterans, and who offer charitable services in support of the veteran community.” The program will provide awards to all levels of businesses who employ a high percentage of veterans, provide them with assistance and training programs as well as human resources outlets and income and tuition support. Companies will be presented with awards on Veteran’s Day. Hopefully, this effort and others will attribute to the continuing decline of veteran poverty and homelessness until no U.S. service member is left in need. To learn more about how you can hire veterans click here: https://www.dol.gov/vets/hire/.

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