This Veterans Day there’s good news on the job front for vets.
As our nation comes together to honor the many sacrifices of our courageous veterans, OPM reports the following:
- “In Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the Executive Branch of Government hired the highest percentage of military veterans in over 20 years, surpassing the previous high set in FY 2011.”
- “In FY 2012, the number of veterans onboard represented 29.7 percent of the workforce. In FY 2009, approximately 25.8 percent of the workforce were veterans; this is approximately a 4 percentage-point increase in 3 years.”
- “On November 9, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, establishing the Veterans Employment Initiative.”
- “The Initiative outlines the most comprehensive approach to improving employment opportunities for veterans ever undertaken by the Federal Executive Branch. It seizes on three central themes:
1) Honor our obligations to our nation’s veterans,
2) Utilize the talents of vets to help the government meet today’s challenges, and
3) Create a program worthy of emulation by the private sector.”
Don’t Disparage Veterans’ Preference
Veterans who put their lives on the line to protect America and our national security interests worldwide deserve gainful employment after returning from the battle field. This is especially true for vets with disabilities.
While some federal employees and managers occasionally voice concern over Veterans’ Preference in hiring, it’s the very least Uncle Sam can do to help our brave soldiers when they transition back to civilian life.
Therefore, Veterans’ Preference should be embraced, not disparaged.
Veterans bring unique skills and experience to the workplace that may not be found elsewhere, as the Department of Labor points out in this 30-second video.
As President Obama said in a Veterans Day Proclamation:
- “When America’s veterans return home, they continue to serve our country in new ways, bringing tremendous skills to their communities and to the workforce — leadership honed while guiding platoons through unbelievable danger, the talent to master cutting-edge technologies, the ability to adapt to unpredictable situations.”
- “These men and women should have the chance to power our economic engine, both because their talents demand it and because no one who fights for our country should ever have to fight for a job.”
- “Under the most demanding of circumstances and in the most dangerous corners of the earth, America’s veterans have served with distinction. With courage, self-sacrifice, and devotion to our Nation and to one another, they represent the American character at its best.”
It’s the least we can do to honor their heroic sacrifices for America.
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