Viewpoint: Hiring Veterans

Separating fact from fiction

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By Lida Citroën

Estimates are that by the year 2023 there will be 3.5 million military veterans in the U.S. workforce. One would think this would excite civilian employers that seek skilled, talented and principled workers. Instead, many hiring managers and recruiters are hesitant to hire veterans because they don’t understand the veteran experience and the related hard and soft skills.

With 1 percent of Americans serving in uniform, the majority of us are civilians. Many civilians have little or no connection to military life, work or culture. Most of us learn about military combat, strategy and sacrifice through television and movies.

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