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November 14: Special Edition; Governor’s Summit Makes the Case for Hiring Veterans

Governor’s Summit Urges Business Community to Hire Veterans, Completes 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do Item

Hiring veterans is not only the right thing to do – it makes business sense. That was the message that was delivered at the Governor’s Summit for Veterans Talent yesterday. Marking the completion of a 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List item, the Summit brought together business leaders and a dozen selected veterans to discuss veteran-hiring strategies and facilitate connections.

Governor Rick Snyder and Tammy Carnrike, the Chamber’s chief operating officer, challenged attendees to take the lead and make a difference by implementing and encouraging corporate veteran-hiring strategies. The agenda focused on Michigan becoming a national leader in hiring veterans and build better pathways from the barracks to the boardroom.

More than 150 corporate representatives attended the Summit, which was held at Masco Corporation Headquarters in Taylor, Michigan, to hear speakers and panelists from major companies and educational institutions in Michigan discuss the programs they currently have in place to connect veterans to opportunities and provide them with proper training. As Summit host and presenting sponsor, Masco Corporation Chairman Emeritus Richard Manoogian and President and CEO Timothy Wadhams spoke of strong commitment they hold for veterans employment and availability of housing.To watch video highlights from the Summit, click here.

Governor Urges Michigan Employers to Set National Standard for Veteran Career Placement

Governor Snyder gave the opening keynote speech of the Summit, calling for Michigan to strive to become the best at providing career opportunities for U.S. military veterans. He highlighted the abundance of Michigan veterans and the value they can provide employers, urging companies to adopt more concerted veteran recruitment practices in order to attract and retain the state’s great talent.

Governor Snyder invited five veterans on stage to pitch the executives in attendance on the skills they possess and the value they could provide employers. To watch video of the veterans’ pitches, click here.

Gov. Snyder Signs Legislation to Facilitate Veterans’ Career Search

Michigan representatives Gail Haines (R-Waterford Twp.), George Darany (D-Dearborn) and Robert Kosowski (D-Westland) accompanied Gov. Snyder on stage at the Summit to sign into law legislation facilitating the transition from military to civilian work for veterans. The legislation was written to fully recognize veterans for their service to our country and break down barriers to employment by ensuring that education and training acquired in the military meet the qualifications required by civilian jobs. To read more about the bill, click here.

Medal of Honor Winner Challenges Employers to Hire Veterans, Benefit from Their Leadership

Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Medal of Honor recipient, Salvatore “Sal” Giunta, challenged employers to hire veterans, provide them with a goal and then be impressed with how they succeed. Providing a riveting keynote address at the Summit, Giunta used his first-hand experience to explain how veterans’ skills provide unique qualifications to excel in the traditional workplace.

Giunta described skills that veterans possess, specifically the commitment to teamwork and achievement of group goals, the ability to go extend beyond comfort zones, and a strong sense of resilience and perseverance. Veterans also understand – more than anyone who has not served – the opportunity and privilege they have as individuals to give 100 percent effort, and can transfer that mindset to the achievement of organizational goals. To see video of Giunta’s keynote, click here.

MVAA Director Makes Business Case for Veteran Recruitment Programs, Introduces Web Portal

Recruiting veterans to join an employer or academic institution provides more than intangible personal traits that are often unmatched by typical employee candidates; it also presents valuable benefits to an organization’s bottom line. Jeff Barnes, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), spoke of several incentives for placing an emphasis on the recruitment of veterans. These incentives include:

  • Five years of free health care upon leaving the military, providing access to 23 Veterans Affairs medical facilities, health centers or clinics for treatments and wellness checkups.
  • Employer tax credits ranging from $2,400 to $9,600 per year, per veteran.
  • Relocation allowances provided by the military for a veteran’s last move after service.
  • G.I. Bill that allows veterans to pursue higher levels of education and certification.

The MVAA website includes a portal that provides companies with tools and resources to pursue a veteran-hiring strategy, pertaining to veterans’ employment, education, health care and quality of life. To learn more about what the MVAA is doing to facilitate veteran recruiting efforts, click here.