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Commentary: Don’t just thank a veteran. Hire one.




"Hire a veteran," David F. Melcher (Lt. Gen. USA-Ret), who is the President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, says in a commentary in the Washington Examiner on Veterans Day 2017:

Of course, one of the best and most rewarding means of supporting our veterans is to hire them. Employing veterans is definitely a win-win for companies and our country. These highly motivated men and women possess unparalleled leadership skills, technical know-how and the ability to perform under pressure. The 347 member-companies of the Aerospace Industries Association actively seek out veterans for high technology jobs and leadership positions in our industry. We know our ability to maintain our legacy of innovation in everything from civil aircraft to unmanned aircraft systems or drones, space systems and military equipment and platforms is tremendously enhanced by hiring veterans.

Saying the words, “Thank you for your service,” is important, but it’s just a first step toward expressing the real gratitude we owe our service men and women. If there is a growing company out there thinking about expanding its workforce, the best place to start – and the best way to show genuine appreciation for their service – is to hire a veteran to join your team.

Read the rest of the commentary HERE.


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  1. My wife, a retired junior-high math teacher, now tutors at a junior college. Many of her students are young veterans who want to advance in life.
    She says they are the most committed, determined, BEST students she has ever had.