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You’re not alone. There are dozens of resources and groups, both government and civilian, that can guide you on hiring veterans and spouses. From learning military basics to understanding legal requirements to locating potential applicants, help is out there with every step of the process.

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDES

VA Guide to Hiring Veterans

A complete guide to recruiting, supporting and empowering veteran employees.

Hiring Our Heroes

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation program was created to help businesses like yours find and attract quality applicants with military experience.

Society for Human Resource Management

The HR industry’s leading organization has dozens of articles on how to recruit and retain veterans and spouses.

U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)

VETS helps veterans connect with businesses who want to hire them, and vice versa. Find toolkits for employers wanting to put veterans to work, current info on available grants and tax benefits, and info about the government’s overall efforts to get more veterans working.

Veterans Administration (VA) Veterans Employment Center (VEC)

The VA has information on benefits available to your veteran employees, but it also has information for potential employers of veterans about programs related to hiring and training veteran workers.

America’s Heroes at Work

The Department of Labor guide on the entire process covers everything from developing a strategy to retaining veterans and is full of resources, tips and fact sheets.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

Explore platforms where you can post job descriptions and share information. Not every site will be right for you, but here are a few recommended by the VA.

America's Heroes at Work LinkedIn group

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI Twitter feed

Hiring Our Heroes' Facebook page

Hiring Our Heroes' LinkedIn group

Hiring Our Heroes' Twitter page

National Resource Directory Facebook page

E-NEWS

U.S. Department of Labor Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Business (ELAWS) Advisor updates

The ELAWS Advisor provides interactive tools that guide to specific information on DOL employment laws and regulations. You can stay up-to-date on these important compliance assistance tools by subscribing to receive these updates.

U.S. Department of Labor e-mail alerts

The DOL offers a free electronic subscription service that allows citizens to receive notifications by e-mail, alerting them to newly available information. Subscribers get updates on their items of interest automatically without having to return to the website to check for changes.

RETAINING VETERANS

Accommodations and workplace productivity enhancements

Creating apprenticeship programs

Creating flexible work arrangements

EMPLOYMENT LAWS RELATED TO VETERANS

Compliance assistance

Employment Law Guide: Laws, Regulations, and Technical Assistance Services

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Guide for Employers on Veterans and the ADA

Jobs for Veterans Act

Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Advisor

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Resource Guide

A handy list of FAQs for employers on veterans rights and issues.

DISABILITY ISSUES

America's Heroes at Work tools on accommodating wounded warriors

Job Accommodation Network: Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Job Accommodation Network: Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Brain Injuries

Job Accommodation Network: Five Practical Tips for Providing and Maintaining Effective Job Accommodations

LARGER SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Some businesses want to go beyond simply hiring employees with military experience. Some want to have a bigger part in the movement to support American military families. Here are some groups that serve veterans in many different ways. Go to the Department of Veterans Affairs' directory of veterans service organizations for a complete listing of groups that it recognizes.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Created by Syracuse University, this national center—the first of its kind—uses the resources available to higher education to research and address concerns related to veterans and their families.

Team Rubicon

This organization was formed in 2010 by former Marines who had led a medical team into Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. It gives veterans the opportunity to continue serving their communities, organizing and fundraising for trips to areas hit by major disaster.

Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB)

Team RWB’s mission: “To enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” They provide veterans with opportunities to get together with other veterans in social and sports settings.

Wounded Warrior Project

For those veterans who return from war with significant injuries, their battle is just beginning. This organization helps service members restart their interrupted lives.

Operation Homefront

Veterans in need of emergency financial and other assistance have received more than $128 million in funding from Operation Homefront since it was started in 2002 to assist those deployed after the attacks of 9/11.

United Service Organizations (USO)

This long-serving organization has been around since 1941, and has the mission of “lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.” They provide much-needed entertainment for deployed troops, and give service members and their families a “home away from home” in cities (and airports) around the world.

FAMILY READINESS GROUPS/FAMILY READINESS SYSTEM (FRS)

These are networks of individuals, agencies and programs that together work to help veterans and their families meet the everyday challenges that arise because of military service, from deployment and relocation to childcare, financial assistance and counseling. Connect with one of these groups to find out more about military families in your area. These sites can help direct you to the right group or locality.

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