10 Reasons to Hire Veterans

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There are nearly 21 million veterans living in the United States. Of those, more than 450,000 were unemployed and seeking a job in 2016. Unfortunately, the negative bias regarding veterans’ mental health is one of the top reasons why employers don’t hire veterans, according to a survey report by SHRM.
November is Military Family Appreciation Month. It’s a month to honor and celebrate the commitment and sacrifices made by the families of the nation’s service members. What’s the best way to show your gratitude to military veterans and their families? Consider giving them a job.
Veterans bring valuable skills and experience from their military service to the workforce. Here are 10 reasons to hire veterans, according to Military.com:

  1. Accelerated Learning Curve: Veterans have the proven ability to learn new tasks and concepts quickly. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real-world situations. This background can enhance your organization’s productivity.

  3. Leadership: The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation, and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.

  5. Teamwork: Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also value how groups of all sizes relate to each other and work toward an overarching objective.

  7. Diversity and Inclusion in Action: Veterans have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals. They have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion, and economic status as well as mental, physical, and attitudinal capabilities.

  9. Efficient Performance under Pressure: Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They also know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.

  11. Respect for Procedures: Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.

  13. Technology and Globalization: Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.

  15. Integrity: Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.

  17. Conscious of Health and Safety Standards: Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property, and materials.

  19. Triumph over Adversity: In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven themselves in mission-critical situations demanding endurance, stamina, and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strength and determination.


It is estimated that by the year 2023, there will be 3.5 million military veterans in the U.S. workforce. Instead of shying away from hiring veterans, let them know that your organization supports mental wellness through your EAP benefit. Contact your EFR account manager today for more resources on how to market your EAP to potential hires.