“Many employers have told us that they are interested in developing or enhancing a veterans hiring initiative for their company, but that they don’t know where to begin,” saidRay Jefferson, assistant secretary for the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. “This toolkit was created with these employers in mind. It’s designed to simplify the process and put valuable, vetted resources at the employer’s fingertips.”
Developed as part of the department’s “America’s Heroes at Work” initiative, the Veterans Hiring Toolkit features a straightforward six-step process pinpointing helpful tools for a business to design a veterans hiring initiative. These steps include creating an educated and welcoming environment for veteran employees; actively recruiting veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses; learning how to accommodate qualified veterans and wounded warriors in the workplace; and promoting an inclusive workplace to help retain veteran employees.
“Disabled veterans, including those experiencing the ‘invisible’ wounds of war like traumatic brain injury and combat stress, are an important segment of the disability population that needs our support when transitioning to civilian employment,” saidKathleen Martinez, assistant secretary for the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The final section of the toolkit features a quick reference list of reputable online resources to help users find and welcome talented and skilled veterans into their companies. Examples include links to veterans’ employment service organizations, places to receive consultations on workplace accommodations and answers to common employer questions about hiring veterans and wounded warriors. Whether users are looking to create a veterans’ hiring program from scratch or retool existing efforts, the toolkit can help them design and implement a customized initiative.
To access the toolkit, visitwww.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov/forEmployers/HiringToolkit.
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