Friday, November 11, 2016

6 Ways for Employers to Honor Veterans

Today is Veterans Day and while we will never be able to provide enough thanks to a veteran for their service and sacrifice, it is important to find ways to honor and support those who have served our country. Below are a few ideas how employers can honor veterans on Veterans Day and throughout the year.

  1. Hire a Veteran. Veterans are highly skilled, disciplined, adaptable, dependable and loyal and it is not difficult to find the value in hiring veterans. Another perk for employers considering hiring veterans — tax credits via the Veteran’s Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which provides two types of tax credits for employers. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides an incentive for businesses to hire unemployed veterans. The Wounded Warrior Tax Credit provides a tax credit for hiring long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities.
  2. Recognize current employers who are veterans. On Veterans Day, plan a way to honor employees who served and throughout the year strive to become a veteran-friendly employer. Offer support services for veterans and their families, increased workplace flexibility programs, and an employee resource group (ERG) for veterans. 
  3. Offer a special Veteran’s Day discount to veterans for services or products or offer a military discount throughout the year. Employers can also offer restaurant gift cards to veterans. 
  4. Encourage employees to donate to a veteran organization and offer an employer match.
  5. Set up internships and/or job shadowing opportunities for veterans and transitioning military members. On-the-job training and experience can give veterans the opportunity to apply and adapt military skills to civilian settings.
  6. Give employees the day off and promote Veterans Day volunteer opportunities.

The WGU Career & Professional Development Center is lucky and honored to have Cliff Garinn on our team. Cliff is a veteran and accomplished career specialist. We thank Cliff for his service and for the career assistance he provides to WGU students and graduates, including the WGU veteran population.