2023Human Resources

Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

National Hire A Veteran Day – which is observed each year on July 25th– “aims to inspire employers to recruit and hire veterans by recognizing the unique skills and values that former soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen bring to the workforce,” according to a web page on the Veteran.com website.

“These veterans bring competitive skills to civilian jobs, along with core values military service cultivates: dedication, teamwork, good communication, and pride in getting work done. But, finding and competing for civilian positions can be challenging for transitioning veterans,” the “Hire A Veteran Day” web page explains.

Roughly 200,000 military members retire or separate from the armed services every year, according to statistics from the Department of Labor (DOL). As service members transition from military life to the civilian world through separation or retirement, many may seek new careers to apply their skills in the civilian world.

National Hire a Veteran Day was created by Marine Corps Veteran Dan Caporal in 2017 as a call to action for hiring companies, and also to encourage veteran job applicants. Additionally, the United States Congress passed the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) in 2017.

This resulted in the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, a federal award that recognizes a company or organization’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. The DOL uses National Hire a Veteran Day to encourage employers to increase their veteran workforce to qualify for a HIRE Vets Medallion Award.

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