You make 2 great points Raymond! We can certainly tap into the reservoir of military veterans who are facing downsizing to fill most positions. I know that we have about 50,000 veterans in my agency (about 25%), which as a veteran myself, makes me proud.
Also, you make a good point about retention. We tend to put 90% of our effort into recruitment and forget to "re-recruit" employees once they come on board. We need to focus on retention and engagement if we ever hope to declare ourselves as an "employer of choice."