National Hire A Veteran Day

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The month of July has special importance for veterans. July 4th, Independence Day, is the first thing some think about where summertime veteran holidays are concerned, but National Hire A Veteran Day is just as important for some, at least where the (post-retirement or separation) future of America’s military population is concerned. Every year some 200,000 military people leave the uniformed services.

National Hire a Veteran Day will next be observed on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Since 2017, July 25th is observed as National Hire A Veteran Day. Founded by Marine Corps veteran Dan Caporale (who also founded Hire Our Heroes), Hire A Veteran Day is meant as a call to action for those who hire and those who apply.

2017 was also the year that the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act) was passed.

This resulted in the HIRE Vets Medallion Program, created “to recognize employers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to hiring and retaining veterans.” July serves as a good time to remind employers about this program as applications for this employer award are accepted starting at the end of January each year.

Hundreds of military people transition from military life to the civilian world every day and many who retire or separate from the military seek new careers (or want to continue in their current field).

Competing for a civilian job can be daunting at first, but efforts like National Hire A Veteran Day can help through simple awareness-raising, resource-sharing, and positive reinforcement.

Encouraging Employers To Hire Veterans
National Hire a Veteran Day on July 25 is first and foremost a call to action for employers, and unlike some holidays (including some that focus on veterans’ issues) this particular day is recognized and promoted by federal agencies including the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs (just to name a few).

These agencies annually promote Hire A Veteran Day by encouraging employers to seek out qualified veterans to hire and promote. Veterans bring much to the bargaining table at job application time; dedication, teamwork, an emphasis on good communication, and pride in the work done.

How Federal Agencies Participate
How do federal agencies promote this observance? In the case of the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), there are multiple efforts up to and including an emphasis on hiring veterans for jobs at the VBA itself.

Some might call this leading by example, and the VBA isn’t the only federal agency to both encourage other employers to consider vets AND hire them for their own staffing needs.

Hiring Veterans Job Resources For Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs official site says it has established a partnership with the Department of Labor on programs matching vets with employment possibilities in both the private sector and for government jobs.

The VA official site VA Careers is available for job seekers and there are many different types of employment available. As the VA official site reminds, you do NOT have to be a doctor or nurse to qualify for jobs at VBA or other VA facilities. Job openings include positions in senior leadership, IT and accounting and much more. There are also jobs for veterans in the public sector at and the Department of Labor (DoL) employment and training

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