Tech Firm Steps Up Efforts to Hire Young Veterans

Many of our nation’s young heroes are having trouble finding work, and nearly a quarter of our veterans are unemployed. As a result, companies and organizations around the country are stepping up efforts to get them jobs.

Bernie McConnell, vice president of Kennametal and a retired Navy veteran, started a program to hire vets called Hiring Our Heroes, and he explained why on "The Willis Report." "First of all," began McConnell, "it's the right thing to do for our veterans in our community. Secondly, veterans bring tremendous transferable skills to the workplace that I think a lot of employers can enjoy. Thirdly, it helps manufacturers address a skill gap, which is critical in our industry today."

In discussing the problems that are faced with placing veterans, Mike Haynie, of the Institute for Vets and Military Families, acknowledged that part of the problem lies with the employers. "There is a knowledge gap, if you will, in terms of the ability of the employer to recognize the link between the technical skills [and] the leadership skills that someone who was in the military brings to the civilian workforce, and how that’s going to benefit the bottom line of a private sector business."

The Mission:

‘You’re hired!’ There is no greater way for a business to say thank you to our courageous servicemen and women than providing them with a job.  The mission of Helping Heroes Work is to raise awareness for the responsibility we all share in helping our returning veterans begin this next critical phase in their lives. More