Resource Kit: Veteran Employee Networks


Resource Kit for Veteran Employee Networks

Hiring U.S. military veterans is not just about doing what is right, it’s about having the best of the best as part of your workforce. This Kit provides tools and resources for Veteran Employee Networks to help your company recruit, train and engage this highly skilled, capable workforce pool.


Step 1:   Define your network’s role

Veteran Employee Networks can be powerful advocates for recruiting U.S. military veterans to your company. They can also help smooth the transition for veterans and their families into the civilian workforce. As a network, your first step is to determine the most pressing need when it comes to the recruitment and/or development of veterans in your organization, and the decide how you want to help.

Here are some possible roles, with links to resources:

Make the business case for hiring veterans
Connect recruiters with military talent pools
Translate military resumes into civilian skill sets
Bridge military/civilian culture gaps
Create a community for veteran and military family employees
Gain visibility for your company


Step 2:  Educate and inspire

Families and Work Institute has developed resources to help Veteran Employee Networks communicate with internal and external stakeholders about veteran issues. Use these at network meetings and events to educate people about all that veterans have to offer employers and inspire them to take action.

PPTScreenshotPowerPoint: This Master PowerPoint shares research on the military-civilian transition landscape, discusses the role that veteran networks can play, and provides examples of veteran supportive practices. Plug slides into any presentation your network is making, with appropriate attribution as follows: Source: Families and Work Institute, Veteran Resource Kit, 2015.


#RethinkVets Video SeriesShare these inspiring videos with your network or show them at events you organize.

#RethinkVets: Relationships

#RethinkVets: Skills

For additional general statistics about military veterans and civilian employment, see also:
Video: We are Post 9/11 Veterans – George W. Bush Institute
Military Employment Poll – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


Step 3: Share best practices

www_military_spprtMany leading employer practices for supporting the military community, including veterans and their families, can be found in Families and Work Institute’s report Employer Support for the Military Community.

For more vet hiring resources check out best practices from top employers recognized by FWI.


Additional Resources

Below are additional resources and tools developed by FWI and others to help your network take the next steps in helping your company recruit, hire and develop veteran employees in your organization. Inclusion on this list does not imply an endorsement of the programs or organizations.

Make the business case for hiring veterans:

Connect recruiters with military talent pools:

Translate military resumes into civilian skill sets:

Bridge military/civilian culture gaps

  • #RethinkVets: Relationships – In this FWI video, Todd Nelson, a wounded veteran who fought in Afghanistan and is now a talent advisor for USAA, calls for employees and employers to rethink relationships with veterans

Create a community for veteran and military family employees

Gain visibility for your company

  • Employers with promising practices for veterans and their families will be recognized with Families and Work Institute’s VET Spotlight as part of our When Work Works Award. Applications are now open.


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