Today, President Obama signed a bill into law that helps unemployed veterans, numbering more than 850,000, to find jobs. The new legislation creates tax incentives for businesses to hire veterans, offering credits of up to $9,600 per hire, depending on the worker’s salary and how long he/she has been unemployed.
Several top executives who are also PBLN members are champions for the extraordinary potential and often overlooked value that veterans can bring to a job in the innovation economy. Tom Pincince, President and CEO of Digital Lumens, and Jim Matheson, General Partner of Flagship Ventures, recently made the case for hiring veterans on the New England Cable News (NECN) program CEO Corner:
Pincince, who has hired many veterans and blogs about it on his company site, and Matheson, who is a former Navy pilot and TOP GUN instructor, state that military training yields a mission-driven, problem-solving and project-completion approach that plays out as a dream in the workplace, especially a lean-staffed start-up.
It’s your turn to weigh-in. Have you hired military veterans? Are there particular qualities they have brought to your team? Would you consider tapping into available resources to seek qualified applicants with a military background or would you post links to those resources here if you have them?