VeteranS & RURAL: Lesson 2

Hiring Veterans

Daniel Moore, the Director of the Clarksville Region of Operation Stand Down Tennessee, will be discussing why businesses should hire veterans. 

Topics:

Video Lesson Topics

- Labor Shortage

During this pandemic there has been a lower labor force participation rate resulting in labor shortages for businesses. The 200,000 service members that transition from the military each year can be a great resource in this challenging environment. According to the VA and studies they have conducted in 2018/2017, 75% of veterans and military members that have separated are under the age of 45/34. This goes to show that the preconceived notion that most veterans are the older Vietnam aged veterans is actually not true. 

- Why Hire Veterans Specifically

Veterans are attractive candidates for your business because of their inherent skills that they learn during their military service such as professionalism, teamwork/collaboration, critical thinking/problem solving, and ethics and social responsibility. Veterans also learn many transferable skills, discipline, leadership/management skills,  adaptability, and high levels of resiliency. Veterans have learned to walk with all walks of life and are familiar with diverse work environments. 

- PTSD

Many employers think that veterans have PTSD when in actuality only 11-20% of veterans that were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan have PTSD in a given year. Veterans also have great resources like the VA to help learn how to cope and mitigate with post stressors of military life. 

- What Can Businesses Do To Hire More Veterans

  •   Form a military infinity group.
  •   Waive degree requirement for veterans that have relevant experience.
  •   Veterans may have GI Bill benefits that can help cover the costs of technical training. 
  •   Reach out to transition assistance programs on military installations, the TSBDC, or organizations that help veterans with employment. 

Topics & Lessons

Each Below Topic Contains a Video Lesson and Helpful Downloadable Information

4:58

VetBiz Certification / VOSB

4:37

Hiring Veterans

2:30

USDA REAP (Rural Energy for America Program)

4:53

USDA B&I Loans

2:59

USDA REDLG

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