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To Employ a Vet is to Benefit Us All...

In the last few years, the veteran population has seen a significant decrease in unemployment. In July of 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate had been reduced to about 4.4%, compared to a national average of about 4.9% (as of February 5th, 2016). This is probably largely due to national efforts to reduce unemployment rates amongst veterans and a general increase in awareness of veteran unemployment and homelessness by the national population.

Still, that’s not the end of the story. According to the Department of Labor, most veterans end up returning to work for the US government, with only between 8 and 10 percent joining the private or business sector for work. We’d like to see that change. It’s not that we believe that the business sector is the most important or valuable type of work to be done. It takes all sorts to make society function. The point is that veterans have the skills and the character to not only succeed in the business sector as individuals, but to improve the business sector as a whole, and we believe this is demonstrably true.

Allow me to explain. According to the National Association of College’s and Employer’s Job Outlook 2016 survey, 80.1% of employers are looking for applicants who exhibit leadership skills; 78.9% are looking for those who can work as a team; 70.2% seek those with written and verbal problem solving skills; and 68.9% look for those with a strong work ethic. Of course it’s possible to develop those skills outside of the armed forces, but it’s undoubtedly true that one must have those virtues instilled in themselves in order to succeed there.  Furthermore, these qualities are but pieces of a larger, more cohesive personal character, one that lends itself to goodness and success in just about any walk of life, but especially in the quick-thinking grind of the business world.

The point is not just to end veteran homelessness (though that is part of the goal, since even a single homeless veteran ought to strike us with a sense of deep offense)—it’s to put those cultivated virtues to use in a distinct part of society. To employ a veteran is to benefit us all, and that is what we believe. 

- Natalie

Project Relo Contributor