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Veterans Hiring Toolkit: Steps to Success

Wanted: Qualified, committed individuals with transferrable skills and real-world experience. Must be able to adapt, learn quickly and work well both independently and as part of a team.

Sound like the type of employee you want working for your business? If so, you may want to target transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in your recruitment and hiring efforts. Across the nation, businesses of all sizes and in all industries are increasingly finding that Veterans are a ready source of qualified candidates with the ability to get the job done.

Now, a new online Veterans Hiring Toolkit is available to help employers who want to proactively recruit and hire Veterans but don't know where to start. This resource breaks down the process by outlining six simple steps and highlighting free tools available to assist in bringing Veterans onboard and ensuring a Veteran-friendly work environment. It also provides an introduction to military culture, experience and vocabulary.

In addition, the toolkit includes information about employer rights and responsibilities relative to Veterans employment and accommodations for Veterans who may have combat-related injuries, including non-visible disabilities such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Often, a few simple adaptations are all that is needed to support a dedicated, skilled employee who has sacrificed in service.

The Veterans Hiring Toolkit was created by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS). For free, confidential guidance on workplace accommodations to assist employees in returning to work after injury or illness, contact the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) at or 800-526-7234 (Voice), 877-781-9403 (TTY).

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