DAV recently released The Veteran Advantage: DAV Guide to Hiring and Retaining Veterans with Disabilities.
The comprehensive guide is the result of more than four years of study regarding what the veteran community contributes to the workforce as well as how hiring veterans, especially disabled veterans, can positively impact a company’s bottom line.
“The hiring guide has given us the tools to demonstrate to our leadership why we should be hiring veterans with disabilities, how easy it is to put them to work and how many incentives there are for doing so,” said Tarra Reynolds, who oversees recruiting for Chevron Services Co. “In addition, the strategies section offered easy, practical options we can implement immediately in order to improve our recruiting programs around hiring veterans.”
The resources in the guide are gleaned from several sources, including the departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs, the Society for Human Resource Management and testimonials of fellow veterans seeking employment or who have already been hired.
It contains accounts from employers who already actively recruit, hire and retain disabled veterans.
The insights and examples from companies that have incorporated veteran hiring into their practices are invaluable. For instance, Rob Ells, manager of the Roush Enterprises Veterans Initiative Program for NASCAR legend Jack Roush, discusses how veterans strengthen corporate culture.
“I think the education we have done with our new employees and new supervisors about our veteran hiring has given them a great appreciation for another aspect of the Roush culture—the effort and emphasis our executive leadership places on veteran hiring,” Ells said.
I encourage fellow veterans to widely disseminate the guide to their personal and professional contacts in the business world, especially those who are interested in hiring disabled veterans but may be either unsure how to go about it or fearful of how disabled veterans may impact their business.
There are six chapters in all, each dedicated to a specific area related to veteran and disabled veteran employment. The publication also has a comprehensive hiring and retaining checklist to guide employers through each process, plus a suggested reading list at the end.
It’s my hope that hiring managers, business owners and leaders in the business community will learn that the nearly 4 million veterans in our country who have service-connected disabilities are some of the most capable, driven and resilient employees that any organization would classify as desirable hires.