Posts Tagged ‘Veterans Day’

Rally Your Troops for a Good Cause

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

In today’s post Pat Rountree, an HR Advisor on CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team, shares several ways that your organization can honor veterans and military service men and women this veterans day.

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Pat Rountree, HR Advisor

Veterans Day is November 11. There is still time to make plans to honor veterans and military service men and women and thank them for their service to our country to preserve our freedom. They give their time, leave home and family, often see things no one should have to witness, and know that they may face injury or even death. This is a great opportunity to support those in your community through some personal recognition, or anywhere through cards or donations.

Ideas for honoring service – employers can help by considering and hiring veterans. Go to http://www.hireveterans.com to see resumes of veterans or to post your openings.

There are also ways to involve your employees:

  • Honor your own employees for their service. You can advise employees you want to honor them on Veterans Day and ask anyone who would like to participate to let you know. Certificates of recognition are available at http://j.mp/vv-c.
  • Give employees an opportunity to participate in an event or service opportunity for veterans. Attend a Veterans Day celebration and personally thank vets for their service.
  • Visit veterans at a VA hospital if one is in your area, or in hospices.
  • Send cards to veterans to thank them for their service.
  • Offer to match employee donations to the Wounded Warrior Project or other organizations that support veterans http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
  • Advise employees how they can volunteer personally to help veterans if they are interested, go to http://j.mp/vm-13.
  • Give a company gift to a veterans’ organization and make employees aware of organizations they can contact to give personally (examples: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) or American Legion). There are a number of homeless veterans that need our help.

If you are interested in hiring veterans or need additional help with honoring the veterans and service men and women at your organization, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222.

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Add a Veteran to Your Team

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Every November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day to honor and thank those who serve or have served in the US military. Veterans have sacrificed their lives to protect our country while giving up their time, moments spent with loved ones, and sometimes their physical and mental health. Although Veterans Day has passed, we can still celebrate our American Heroes. They are great at protecting our country and when they return from being away, they also make great employees. Let’s recognize the skills that these individuals possess. Here are four reasons why a veteran should be on your team:

Team Player

Veterans are trained to work in environments made up of teams. They know how to follow orders and when they should give them. Because they worked so closely with others during their military career, veterans take feedback well and are willing to help a coworker in need.

Accountable

Those who serve sacrifice their lives so we are protected and maintain our freedom. They take their job seriously and understand that they are responsible for the safety of their team and their country. They will use that same accountability to complete their projects and hit their goals for themselves and their employer.

Results Driven

People in the military will accept nothing but their best when carrying out a mission. They know that people are depending on them, so they don’t tolerate mediocre results. This mindset will not leave them when they’re working at your company. Expect great outcomes from a newly hired veteran.

Calm and Collected

Our service men and women are very familiar with situations of extreme pressure and danger. Because veterans are trained to handle tough moments and decisions with grace, their experiences will help you lead your company to success.

Let’s thank our Vets for their service and sacrifice, and let’s help them find jobs. If you have hired a veteran after Nov. 21, 2011 or plan to hire one before Dec. 31, 2012, you maybe be eligible for a tax credit. Find more info here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/.

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