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Resources to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

Published on Nov 11, 2010


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vets-dayHere's a salute and thank-you to all veterans on Veteran's Day 2010! And I'd like to include a special shout out to the people at The Bunker (serving SPAM as we speak) in beautiful Rochester, Wis. The Bunker honors and supports the dedicated men and women, who have graciously served our country, every day. Aligning with this important commemorative holiday, I'd also like to share two important resources that not only help veterans adjust to civilian life and apply their military skills to the workforce but also guide business owners and employers through the process of hiring veterans. They are the: Launched by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Veterans Hiring Toolkit is "designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives." The Veterans Hiring Toolkit was created as part of the department's "America's Heroes at Work" initiative. And according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the toolkit provides a "straightforward process pinpointing helpful tools for a business to design a veterans hiring initiative." These steps include:
  • Creating an educated and welcoming environment for veteran employees
  • Actively recruiting veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses
  • Learning how to accommodate qualified veterans and wounded warriors in the workplace
  • Promoting an inclusive workplace to help retain veteran employees
A quick reference list of online resources is also included within the toolkit with links to veterans employment service organizations and places to receive consultations on workplace accommodations. To learn more, visit http://www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov. The Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative is another development that helps veterans transition to civilian life. It is a voluntary effort of the International Franchise Association (IFA) member companies to foster franchise ownership. Financial incentives are put in place for honorably discharged veterans to invite them to apply their specialized training and military skills to franchise ownership.  Nearly 400 franchise companies participate in this program according to the IFA. Small business ownership and franchising draw on parallels grounded in all arms of military branches. Dedicated work ethics and discipline are two significant shared traits. For more information about this program, visit www.vetfran.com. I hope these resources are helpful to you whether you are a small business owner looking to employ a veteran or you are a veteran looking to become a small business owner. Do you have other tools you'd like to share to support our veterans?