These are just some of the steps the Obama Administration has taken to ensure future employment for veterans returning from engagements in Iraq, Afghanistan and other theatres of war:
- On October 19, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that the American Logistics Association (ALA) and their 270 affiliate companies have committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. This commitment is part of the First Lady’s and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative to support veterans and military families. The ALA’s commitment will fulfill a quarter of the President’s challenge to the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.
- President Obama called for a new Returning Heroes Tax Credit for firms that hire unemployed veterans and a Wounded Warriors Tax Credit that will increase the existing tax credit for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed long-term.
- The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, working closely with other agencies and the President’s economic and domestic policy teams, will lead a new task force to develop reforms to ensure that every member of the service receives the training, education, and credentials they need to transition to the civilian workforce or to pursue higher education. These reforms will include the design of a “Reverse Boot Camp,” which will extend the transition period to give service members more counseling and guidance and leave them career-ready
Employers in the Federal Contractor community will gain not only qualified, hard working individuals with the hiring of veterans, but stand to also benefit financially through tax credits. If your company is actively engaged in fulfilling government contracts, reach out to your local veteran’s representatives in the states and cities where you hire. These individuals are typically listed with America’s Service Locator under the titles of LVER or DVOP and are excellent sources of potential veteran candidates. Tapping into these resources is not only good for business it creates goodwill toward supporting our returning veterans and these are the activities OFCCP is looking for contractors to engage in more in the future.