The Unexpected Truth Of Hiring Veterans

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By Dakota Meyer

Since 2012, when I first began working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative and Toyota to advocate for meaningful employment opportunities for veterans, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about veterans in the workplace. I’ve attended dozens of hiring fairs, lead workshops and talked to hundreds of employers and thousands of veterans.

The message I set out to share seemed obvious: veterans make great employees — if only employers knew where to look for them and how to communicate with them about their experience in the military. As both a veteran and a business owner, I know this to be true. Thanks to their military experiences, veterans are resourceful problem solvers and strong leaders. These and many other valuable skills they’ve gained during service make them assets to companies of all sizes and industries.

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