Joining Forces: Employment

Hiring veterans isn’t just the patriotic thing to do – it’s good for business.

Veterans and their spouses are among the most talented and skilled members of America’s workforce. However, due to the unique challenges they face, transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses are confronted with obstacles impeding their employment prospects.

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a service project.Joining Forces’ Employment Priorities

  • Promote expanded employment and career development opportunities for veterans and military spouses.
  • Highlight the workforce potential of veterans and military spouses.
  • Educate employers about the need to create military family-friendly workplaces.
  • Work to reduce or eliminate licensing and credentialing barriers.

As the President has said, no veteran who fought for this nation should have to fight for a job when they return home. The President’s tax credits to help veterans get back to work, combined with additional steps the Administration has taken to improve the transition from military service to civilian employment, have started to reduce veterans’ unemployment.

In August of 2011, the President challenged businesses to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. Since then, businesses have hired and trained more than 380,000 veterans and military spouses. Companies have also committed to hire or train an additional 435,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2018.

Employment Resouces

On November 21st, 2011, the President signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, a law that combines provisions of the veterans’ tax credits from the President’s American Jobs Act, Senator Patty Murray’s Hiring Heroes Act, and Rep. Jeff Miller’s Veterans Opportunity to Work Act. The comprehensive package aggressively attacks the unacceptably high rate of veteran unemployment. The Obama Administration has also created Employment Resources to help veterans translate their military skills for the civilian workforce, built new online tools to aid veterans in their search for jobs, and partnered with the Chamber of Commerce and the private sector to make it easier to connect our veterans with companies that want to hire them.

License Portability

The First Lady and Dr. Biden issued a call to action to all 50 U.S. governors to take executive or legislative action to streamline state licensing for service members, veterans, and their spouses by the end of 2015. Today, 44 states have answered this call by passing legislation that streamlines the ability for service members and veterans to obtain civilian certification and licensure. Check to see if legislation exists in your state:

The Report: Strengthening Our Military Families: Meeting America’s Commitment

President Obama issued a government-wide review to bring together the resources of the Federal Government, identify new opportunities across the public and private sectors, and lay the foundation for a coordinated approach to supporting and engaging military families for years to come.

Download the Report