Last week was a big one for veterans, the most important news being the 240th birthday of one of the greatest institutions known to man -- the United States Marine Corps. Next year will mark a decade since I raised my right hand and joined something so much bigger than myself.
Every year, more than 200,000 service men and women transition from the military to the civilian workforce, and most are inevitably challenged by that jump. So as we head into another fall, I'm thinking a lot about these men and women.
While I agree with many about the moral obligation our country has to take care of its veterans and support them as they reintegrate into society, good business is ultimately built on good strategy. And the business case for hiring veterans is a strong one.
While most veterans transition back to civilian life successfully, many still struggle. Securing steady employment in a rewarding, lucrative and long-term career is an enormous part of that transition.
The United Nations has declared this year's theme, "Equality For Women is Progress For All." When we pause and think about the progress women have made in the military, they oftentimes still fall behind their male counterparts.
I didn't risk my life in Afghanistan so I could come back and watch people go hungry in America. I certainly didn't risk it so I could come back and go hungry. Anyone who genuinely supports cutting food stamps is not an intellectual or an ideologue -- they're a bully.
The press, not to mention the entertainment industry, has done its job educating the public about the effects of PTSD. Who isn't familiar with someone breaking under stress and "going postal?" But has this caused more harm then good for vets trying to re-enter the workforce?
The BLS CPS report says there were 21,492,000 veterans alive in March, down from 21,520,000 in February, a loss of 28,000 veterans in March. There were 11,011,000 veterans in the workforce in March, down 103,000 from the 11,114,000 in February.
Today the employment situation is better for veterans, but only if the veteran is totally separated from the military. If you are in the National Guard and to some extent in the Reserve, it is going to be very rough until the flawed call up policy is corrected.
This week, Hiring Our Heroes and Toyota launched the Personal Branding Resume Engine, an online tool that goes beyond typical MOS (military occupational specialty) translation and takes into account all of the skills, training, and accomplishments a person has achieved in the military.