At the Berry Law Firm, we understand the value that Veterans bring to businesses. Our legal team is filled with Veterans and our focus is serving Veterans. One of the biggest challenges that Veterans face when they are discharged from the military and transitioning to civilian life is finding a job. Hiring a Veteran is a patriotic act and a good business practice. Veterans bring value to organizations. They have a strong work ethic and are results-oriented. They are creative problem solvers. They perform well under pressure. They are natural leaders and they are laser-focused on the mission. Many Veterans have technical skills as computer systems managers, software developers, and cybersecurity analysts that are applicable to civilian jobs.
Approximately 180,000 Veterans make the transition to civilian life each year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Businesses should recognize the value that Veterans bring to the organization. Employers that hire an unemployed Veteran may receive the Returning Heroes tax credit. Businesses that hire a Veteran with a service-connected disability within a year of their discharge can receive a Wounded Warrior tax credit of up to $9,600. Hiring a Vet is the right thing to do. Learn more in the infographic below.
Benefits of Hiring a Veteran
Strong Leadership Skills
- From the day military members enter service, they are trained to be leaders.
- Because veterans have been involved in a variety of high-pressure situations, they are capable of making quick, educated decisions in fast-paced work environments.
- Laziness isn’t tolerated in the military, so most veterans won’t hesitate to go the extra mile and get the job done.
- Many veterans are used to working long, unconventional hours, meaning that they’re a perfect fit for companies with last-minute project deadlines.
Education and Training
- To ease the transition into a career after service, many military members take specialized training and education courses that focus on a specific set of skills.
- This added training means that employers may not have to spend as much time training veterans they hire.
- Usually, when a newly hired employee has to relocate for a position, it’s on the company’s dime or the employee has to pay the costs.
- However, veterans can have their relocation expenses compensated by a government-assisted program, potentially saving employers thousands of dollars.
Tax Credit Benefits
- Employers who hire previously unemployed veterans could receive the Returning Heroes Tax Credit.
- Employers who hire veterans with service-connected disabilities could receive a Wounded Warrior Tax Credit.
- These tax credits could potentially save employers anywhere from $2,400 to $9,600 per veteran hired, as they can significantly decrease the salary taxes.
Common Professions for Veterans
According to data from Military Friendly, the top 10 professions for veterans include:
- Operations Manager
- Customer Service Representative
- Computer Information Systems Manager
- Accountant or Auditor
- Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Software Applications Developer
- Office and Administrative Workers
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Sales Account Representative