The number of Americans that have served in the military is a small slice of the U.S. population – the total number of veterans comprises about 7% of the total US population and active military personnel make up only 0.4%.
However small in numbers, veterans are entrepreneurs and veteran-owned firms comprise 7.5 percent of the nation's 5.4 million employer businesses, including many of Tribute's customers.
How can you honor a veteran? By hiring one!
With cuts to the Pentagon budget, the military is thinning its ranks and many veterans are joining the private sector. This is a great opportunity for manufacturers and distributors looking for employees with a great work ethic and technical skills.
Manufacturing is a good fit for many former military and with the current skills shortage in manufacturing, hiring veterans who already have mechanical skills and are adaptable is a great way to address this problem.
Click on our previous post, Veterans Can Address US Manufacturing Skills Shortage, to see the many resources available to help veterans make the move to the civilian job market and how to promote our industry to transitioning veterans.
Fast Track for Heroes, a program of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps veterans research industries that match their interests, experience and skills with in-demand jobs, including trucking and transportation, oil and gas, and manufacturing.
Powered by GE's Get Skills to Work, this coalition promotes the manufacturing industry to transitioning veterans and provides accelerated training and skills translation for veterans interested in manufacturing careers. Read our previous post, Get Skills to Work: Training & Placing Veterans in Manufacturing, for more information on this great coalition.
You can also check out the many organizations helping veterans find jobs including: Hire Heroes USA, The Value of a Veteran, Hiring our Heroes, Workshops for Warriors, The Made in America Movement, the Wounded Warriors Project Warriors to Work program, The Manufacturing Institute, and Women in Manufacturing to name a few.
Note: Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.