Hiring Veterans and Supporting Their Families

Employer Resources

Are you looking for help when it comes to hiring and supporting veterans and their families?
You’ve come to the right place. Click on each section below to expand the resources.

PROGRAMS IN ACTION: What employers like you are doing to help support former service men and women.

Here are some examples of what employers across the country are doing to support transitioning service men and women and their families:

Accenture has developed the Skills to Succeed program, which will equip 250,000 people, including veterans, around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. As part of their efforts, Accenture is one of several companies underwriting NPower’s Technology Services Corp and will work with the nonprofit to expand IT training, professional skills and mentoring, internships, and job placement for service members and veterans.

Amazon specifically reaches out to military veterans; currently, 25% of the company’s employees are veterans. The company has hired the most veterans than any other company.

AT&T is launching two new online resources: a custom military skills translator, which will enable servicemen and women to use their current Military Occupation Code or Military Occupation Specialty to find corresponding civilian career opportunities at AT&T, and the Careers4Vets program which connects interested veterans with mentors within AT&T. These new platforms will support AT&T’s ongoing veteran initiatives, including supplier diversity initiatives like Operation Hand Salute, a mentoring program that is designed to help disabled veteran businesses develop the tools and expertise to win large corporate contracts.

The Aurora Mental Health Center
The Aurora Mental Health Center – Viewpoint Building (community mental health organization; 85 employees in Aurora, Colorado) maintains support groups for military family members.

Bank of America
Promising Practice – FWI 2012 Work Life Legacy Military Award

Bank of America was acknowledged as a 2012 Work Life Legacy Military Award Promising Practice for their longstanding focus on financial education and services to the military community; for their dedicated team focused on recruiting military personnel; and for their generous partnering with nonprofits serving military service members and their familiesBank of America, a Veterans on Wall Street sponsor, provides specialized financial services to military personnel, currently providing more than two million active and retired military households with full-service banking. The company also provides service to troops overseas through a partnership with the Department of Defense and is a founding programmatic supporter of the MissionServe initiative, which connects the civilian and military communities in volunteer and service partnerships. Bank of America’s Military Support Affinity Group and Military Community of Practice Council create programs and initiatives for the company’s veteran employees, and the company maintains a team of recruiters dedicated to hiring military veterans.

Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton (business strategy and technology consulting; 25,000 employees globally) offers job-sharing, flexible scheduling, part-time employment and child care services to veterans returning from deployment so they can better manage their responsibilities. Booz Allen Hamilton supports employees that have to move by seeking opportunities in new locations for them or by providing the opportunity to telework from the new location.

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GOVERNMENT OUTREACH: Local and federal government resources for employers looking to hire veterans.

Government resources for employers looking to hire veterans.

Department of Defense and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

This Department of Defense organization promotes cooperation and understanding between Guard and Reserve members and their civilian employers, and acts as a liaison between them.

Joining Forces
Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden have met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them.

Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Hero2Hired (H2H) Program
A comprehensive job portal for all service members which encompasses the former “Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces (EPAF)” job portal.On-The-Job-Training VA can pay for benefits for the On-The-Job-Training (OTJ) for eligible people if the training facility and program meet certain requirements. These requirements can be found in 38 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations), section 21.4262 and title 38 U.S. Code, section 3677.

Tax Credits – Returning Heroes
President Obama signed a new Returning Heroes Tax Credit into law on November 21, 2001 for firms that hire unemployed veterans (maximum credit of $2,400 for every short-term unemployed hire and $4,800 for every long-term unemployed hire).

Tax Credits – Wounded Warriors
President Obama signed the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit into law on November 21, 2011 that will increase the existing tax credit for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed long-term (maximum credit of $9,600 per veteran) and continue the existing credit for all other veterans with a service-connected disability (maximum credit of $4,800).

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: National Veterans Employment Advisory Council
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will create a private sector National Veterans Employment Advisory Council (VEAC), which will be comprised of 25 of America’s biggest employers, representing every major industry and sector, to promote veteran hiring, reporting measures and mentorship. They will also call on their federation of 2,500 state and local chambers and industry associations and more than three million businesses to significantly expand the scale and scope of their nationwide hiring campaign to several hundred additional cities in 2012 and beyond.

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011
Veterans with a service-connected disability may qualify for up to one-year of additional Vocational and Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits.

Veterans who are at least 35 years old but no older than 60 can receive up to 12 months of retraining assistance with the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

For Employers

  • Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011
  • Private-sector businesses and certain non-profit organizations qualify for a federal tax credit under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring certain individuals, including veterans, who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
  • The Veterans Administration (VA) facilitates the Special Employer Incentive (SEI), which is designed to help offset the cost of hiring an individual who has completed training services but has limited, or no work experience in the field. Once an employer has met with the veteran and expressed an interest in hiring him/her, a VA representative will meet with the employer to discuss the total cost the employer believes will be incurred by the organization initially and may be able to reimburse the employer directly for up to 50% of the veteran’s salary for a pre-defined time frame.

America’s Heroes at Work
This U.S. Department of Labor project offers resources to help veterans with traumatic brain injury and PTSD succeed in the workplace.

Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces (EPAF)
This job portal has been consolidated with the Hero2Hired job portal of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
This Department of Defense organization promotes cooperation and understanding between Guard and Reserve members and their civilian employers, and acts as a liaison between them.

Career One Stop
This all-purpose career resource site offers this page of resources for transitioning military:

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess Program
This Department of Veteran’s Affairs-sponsored program helps veterans with service-related disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs.

Find information about the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program as well as resources about work opportunity tax credits, information about the Veterans Job Training Act and disabled access credit (bottom of linked page). The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program can help employers find qualified veterans to hire; locate local offices using this tool.


100,000 Jobs Mission
The 100,000 Jobs Mission is dedicated to helping 100,000 transitioning service members find work with leading U.S. companies by 2020. Join the 100,000 Jobs Mission to gain access to military-trained jobseekers.

This Website offers resources to help employers hire and retain employees with disabilities, including this page on veterans with disabilities. The Employer Reference Desk offers a FAQ about hiring and accommodating veterans with service-related disabilities.

This Website offers resources to help employers hire military veterans.Register to search resumes and post jobs.

Job Accommodation Network
This Website offers resources to help employers offer appropriate accommodation to their disabled employees, including this page on veterans with PTSD.The Network provides information about accommodating employees with PTSD and a great many other disabilities.

This veteran-owned Website offers solutions to help employers hire transitioning military.

RecruitMilitary.com offers a variety of resources for employers. Employers can purchase a subscription to search the site’s resume database. The database allows searching with filters, advanced keyword searches and location limits. Also available on this page are package deals to post job openings, targeted e-mails to up to 1,000 military members matching provided criteria, advertisement in Search & Employ magazine, and booth space at Opportunity Expos where employers can meet and recruit military veterans.

Warriors to Work
The Wounded Warrior Project runs the Warriors to Work Website to help veterans find work. It also offers resources to help employers recruit and retain veterans.

Employers can register for the new Wounded Warrior Project here.

Value of a Veteran
This organization teaches corporations, government organizations, institute for higher educations and small businesses how to recruit and retain military veterans, Guard, Reserve and military spouses. The website also has a resource page for veterans with access to free live webinars and mentoring programs.

Military.com has information about the Veterans Educational Assistance Program as well as education FAQs and advice for getting a degree. They also offer advice about how to get and manage money for educational programs. Their career translator can be found here.

The site ranks top employers when it comes to hiring vets, and it offers a jobs service connecting ex military with civilian employers.

VET NEWS YOU CAN USE: Families and Work Institute’s blog posts on hiring and supporting veterans and their families.





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