June 11, 2012

Employing America's Veterans: Perspectives from Businesses

By Margaret C. Harrell and Nancy Berglass

Employment is an important aspect of reintegration into civilian society for many transitioning service members.  Despite general American goodwill and intent to support veterans, many companies must emphasize business-related reasons to hire veterans. Thus, any effort to improve veteran employment outcomes must consider employer perspectives and the institutions and processes in place to facilitate and incentivize the hiring of veterans.

Employing America’s Veterans: Perspectives from Businesses provides empirical data representing the experiences of 69 companies of varying size, location and industry.  In this report, authors Dr. Margaret Harrell and Nancy Berglass discuss to what extent, and for what reasons, employers think it is good business to hire veterans.  Additionally, from the experiences of those employers who hesitate or have concerns about hiring veterans, Harrell and Berglass also describe the challenges to veteran employment and make recommendations for policy changes to improve the employment situation of veterans. 

Authors

  • Margaret C. Harrell

  • Nancy Berglass

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Nancy Berglass is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at CNAS, Director of the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund, and Principal of Berglass Community Investment Consulting. Widel...

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