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Veterans Employment Toolkit


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Veterans Are Valuable Assets

Veterans bring valuable skills and experience from their military service to your workforce. This toolkit is designed to help you better understand how Veterans can be valuable assets to your company. You can also learn more about how hiring Veterans may benefit your organization, its mission, and bottom line.

Why Veterans Make Good Employees

Want to know what skills and positive attributes a Veteran brings to the workplace?

Read our Why Veterans Make Good Employees (Handout).

Visit Rand Corporation's toolkit: What Veterans Bring to Civilian Workplaces

Interested in developing or enhancing a Veterans hiring initiative for your company but don't know where to begin?

America's Heroes at Work Use America’s Heroes at Work’s Hiring Veterans toolkit* to recruit, hire, and retain Veterans.

Want to recruit Veterans with disabilities or develop, launch, or maintain your own disabled Veteran initiative?

Project Hired has a Wounded Warrior Workforce Program* that can help you.

Interested in supporting career opportunities for wounded warriors?

Operation IMPACT (Injured Military Pursing Assisted Career Transition) assists severely injured Service Members with the transition to civilian careers. They have created a Network of Champions* for companies looking to hire these Veterans.

Tax Credits

Want to know more about tax credits for hiring Veterans?

Find more information on the Department of Labor's Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Site*. Additional information about this and state tax credits can be found in these articles, Hire a Veteran and Win the War on Taxes* and White House Fact Sheet: Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits*.

Hiring Veterans

Want to exhibit at job fairs or advertise job postings to Veterans?

Visit the Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes* website to learn more about becoming an exhibitor in a job fair in your area. To post online, consider Hero 2 Hired*, Hire Veterans*, or VetJobs*.

What are other reasons to hire Veterans?

VetJobs has a number of articles that discuss reasons to hire Veterans. These two articles enumerate reasons for hiring Veterans: Why Hire a Vet* and Why Hire a Veteran: 12 Good Reasons*. Other articles discuss hiring Veterans from an employer's viewpoint: Why Hire Veterans: An Employer's Viewpoint* and Hiring a Veteran: The Next Sound Investment for Your Company*

The federal Veterans Employment Initiative, Executive Order 13518, states that “Veterans have served and sacrificed in defense of our Nation. When they complete their service, we must do everything in our power to assist them in re-entering civilian life and finding employment. Government as well as private employers should play a prominent role in helping veterans who may be struggling to find jobs.” Learn more about Executive Order 13518 and view a fact sheet on the Presidential Memorandum Supporting Veterans’ Employment and Reemployment Across the Federal Workforce.


Check out America’s Heroes at Work’s Hiring Veterans toolkit* to recruit, hire, and retain Veterans.

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*Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs web site. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.