Why Hiring a Veteran is Good Business

Lena J. Weiner, January 26, 2015

Military service can teach the value of responsibility, the importance of cultural diversity, and it can prepare enlistees to step into leadership roles.

When looking for loyal team players who will work hard without complaint and have leadership experience, what do you look for on a candidate's resume? An MBA? Someone who volunteers at a soup kitchen on weekends? Someone who whose career started at McDonald's?

A stint in the armed forces might be the key suggests Lisa Rosser, founder and CEO of The Value of a Veteran, an organization which provides human resources consulting and training for organizations that seek to improve support, recruitment and retention of military veterans. "Hiring a veteran isn't just patriotic—it's good business," she asserts.

Rosser has worked for years to promote the benefits of hiring veterans, and awareness is growing. President Obama vigorously endorsed the idea during last Tuesday's State of the Union Address, "…to every CEO in America, let me repeat: If you want somebody who's going to get the job done, hire a veteran."

Rosser cites three benefits of hiring military vets.

1. Work Ethic
A few years of service in the military can teach the value of responsibility, discipline, and persistence—like sticking with a job when it isn't all that fun.

"It's a constantly changing environment—soldiers go from serving in Afghanistan to responding in natural disasters on US soil…. They have to be fluid and flexible. The military operates as a team," explains Rosser. If a member of the military finds they don't like their new combat mission as much as they liked peeling potatoes in Fort Polk, LA, too bad— a soldier can't just turn down an assignment because they don't like it, says Rosser.

Lena J. Weiner

Lena J. Weiner is an associate editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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