June 11, 2012

Companies Say Hiring Veterans is Good Business, CNAS Experts Report

Hiring veterans is good for
business, according to a detailed study released today by two experts at the
Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  In Employing America's Veterans: Perspectives from
Dr. Margaret C. Harrell, CNAS' Director of the
Military, Veterans and Society Program, and Non-Resident Senior Fellow Nancy
Berglass convey their findings based on extensive interviews of 87
representatives from 69 companies. The authors report that the companies articulated
10 reasons for hiring veterans, including leadership and teamwork skills,
character, structure and discipline, expertise, effectiveness, and

But, they note, businesses also raised some challenges
associated with hiring veterans, such as translating how skills learned in the
military are useful in the civilian workplace, negative stereotypes and
concerns about future deployments. 

Employing America's
Veterans: Perspectives from Businesses

Harrell and Berglass make specific recommendations for how government,
businesses, nonprofit organizations and individual veterans can better address
veteran employment.  They suggest that the employment of veterans would
improve if:

  • Employers
    recognize and act on the business case for hiring veterans;
  • Federal
    law is revised to more effectively protect service members, veterans and
  • Government
    agencies build more quality public-private partnerships to increase
    veteran employment; and
  • The
    military to civilian transition process is improved.

co-author Harrell will also discuss this report at the CNAS annual conference
on Wednesday, June 13 during a session on Reintegrating Veterans into Their

Learn more about the conference and register here . The conference will also be webcast live starting at 8:45 a.m. EDT on June 13.

Stay up to date on all CNAS news and events by following @CNASdc on Twitter and visiting us on Facebook. Employing America's Veterans is
also available online here in e-reader and Kindle format.

For all press inquiries, contact Deputy Director of External Relations Sara
Conneighton at (202) 457-9429 or sconneighton@cnas.org.


The Center
for a New American Security
(CNAS) is an
independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong,
pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS leads
efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and

Press Contacts:

Kay King

Director of External Relations

and Senior Advisor

Email: kking@cnas.org

Ph: (202) 457-9408


Director of External Relations

Email: sconneighton@cnas.org

(202) 457-9429