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Employ a Veteran | Spokane, WA
Employ a Veteran
  • "No veteran who fought for our nation should have to fight for a job when they come home..."  President Barak Obama

  • Employers can receive a tax credit if they employ an unemployed Washington veteran.  To qualify, the veteran must be
    • Honorably discharged
    • Unemployed more than 30 days
    • Hired into a full-time position held for at least 6 months.
      (KREM2 Evening News September 29, 2016)

  • Nearly 1 million veterans need our help in acquiring the skills needed for today’s job market; and those who are disabled have a greater disadvantage to find work.  
  • Employers can search for veterans to employ at http://www.go2worksource.biz

    A 2011 veteran preference law provides tax credits to companies that hire unemployed veterans.  To encourage employers to hire veterans, the federal government offers tax credits of $2,400 to $9,600 for hiring vets in targeted groups.

    The law also repeals a requirement that federal, state and local governments begin withholding 3 percent of payments to contractors in 2013.  One million veterans will be entering the civilian workforce over the next five years, due to the war in Iraq winding down.  Businesses recognize that the work experience veterans gained while in the service is valuable to private enterprise.

    Veterans can post their resume and veteran status on the Washington Department of Employment Security’s online resume service at http://www.go2worksource.com

  • Companies can claim a credit against taxes owed of as much as $5,600 for hiring veterans, and as much as $9,600 for hiring veterans with service-connected disabilities, if the veteran has been looking for work for six months or longer.  The new law also provides as much as $2,400 for hiring a veteran who has been looking for work for one to six months.

  • Wal-Mart has offered to hire more than 100,000 veterans over a 5 year period beginning May 27, 2013.  Many veterans have had a particularly difficult time finding work after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq.  Wal-Mart said it plans to hire every veteran who wants a job and has been honorably discharged in the first 12 months off active duty.  The program will include jobs mostly in Wal-Mart's stores or in its Sam's Club locations.  Some jobs will be at its headquarters, based in Bentonville, Arkansas or the company's distribution centers.  ("Wal-Mart offers economic boost," by Anne d'Innocenzio, Associated Press, January 15, 2013)
  • The government can also pay employers for providing on-the-job training to veterans who have not been rehabilitated, up to the point they become employable.

  • Veterans are receiving help getting from combat to the cubicle.  They are learning a new job skill which qualifies them to work in tens of thousands of businesses around the world.   NS2 Serves - Training and Employing Veterans is a 3-month Resident Study in a team environment.  Veterans earn certificates in Data Management Software.  The training is a software boot camp run by a nonprofit group called NS2 Serves.  For 11 weeks 10 hours/day, Veterans live, sleep and study together, all on a mission to learn data management software from the SAP Corporation.  SAP software is widely used in banking, factory operations, and military intelligence.  Now, Veterans are qualified to work most anywhere.  Mark Testoni runs the U.S. subsidiary of SAP and started the NS2 training.  Mark says it is successful because of a magic sauce, a sauce that combines the dedication of veterans with a job skill in high demand.  It is not just about hiring vets - it’s about creating a career path for people who have protected our way of life here in the U.S.  Vets will “focus on mission, and not be defeated.” - which makes them valued employees.  NS2 spends tens of thousands of dollars for every veteran they serve, but their job placement for their first class was 100%.  Marks said, “Any large company not doing this is missing the most reliable pool of workers in the economy.”  Other companies can replicate this.  If you are a large company and have specific job skills, there is no reason you should not be doing this.   “Uniformly Qualified - Jobless vets get elite training for new careers,” CBS This Morning, Dec. 8, 2014

  • There are 340,000 working-age veterans without a job in the state of Washington.  (KREM2 Evening News September 29, 2016)
What You Can Do

  • Hire an unemployed veteran.  Employers can receive a tax credit if they employ an unemployed Washington veteran.  To qualify, the veteran must be
    • Honorably discharged
    • Unemployed more than 30 days
    • Hired into a full-time position held for at least 6 months.
      (KREM2 Evening News September 29, 2016)
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Entry Level Jobs
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Entry level jobs generally require little-to-no previous experience to gain employment.

Vets on the Farm
(509) 535-7274, ext. 213
Designed for Veterans seeking a new mission and a way to transition back into civilian life through career sin agriculture, farming, ranching or other conservation based industries.  when you combine the skill set and work ethic or a military veteran with an industry like farming you have a recipe for success.  It's a natural fit into providing national security to our food systems.  We pair our vets with local producers, with someone we know who has a good solid handle on their industry.  To apply, vets fill out an application online, and see what's available.  We can take as many vets that want to participate.  Not all will become farmers, but many will stay in some sort of agricultural career or conservation effort which supports our soil.