Michigan Chosen for Pilot Program to Hire Veterans
Michigan will be one of three states piloting a new program focused on encouraging businesses to hire veterans. The All * Vet States program, part of the MMA-supported Hiring Our Heroes program, helps states highlight programs and initiatives being done to promote veteran employment.
Michigan already has commitments from businesses to hire 50,000 veterans beginning November of 2013.
“Michigan has worked aggressively to be a top destination for our nation's veterans and military spouses,” said Eric Eversole, executive director of the Hiring Our Heroes program. “We are thrilled to work together through our All * Vet States initiative to help Michigan highlight the many economic and educational opportunities for the men and women who have served our country.”
As Michigan’s manufacturing industry faces an alarming shortage of skilled workers, we should look to returning veterans that have specialized training and invaluable soft skills that often aren’t well represented among the civilian population.
Veterans in Michigan
Michigan is home to approximately 635,000 veterans – roughly 8.8% of the population. The Great Lakes State is 11th in the nation in overall veteran population, yet many of our heroes continue to look for work. Roughly 30% of these veterans are under the age of 55 and have decades between now and retirement age.
As our state fights against a talent crisis, we must recognize the skills possessed by these hometown heroes as a valuable resource. Manufacturers in Michigan have thousands of jobs available – jobs that require specialized training and a clear set of skills. Veterans can help your business compete nationally and around the globe.
Consider just some of the many intangibles a veteran can bring to your business:
- Leadership & Teamwork Skills
- Organizational Commitment
- Exposure to Technology
- Ability to Learn New Skills
- Respect for Procedures & Accountability
- First Class Image
- Global Perspective
Numerous federal programs exist to ensure that hiring a veteran is a smart financial decision for employers, including:
- Each returning veteran is entitled to 5 years of free health care.
- Federal tax credits exist to incentivize employers to hire veterans.
- Returning service members may also be eligible for training and education benefits.
If your business does not yet have a veteran hiring program and you are looking to develop one, connect with local organizations, veterans groups, military recruiters or partner with other manufacturers in your community. Check out this page for resources and contacts in your area to assist MMA's statewide push for manufacturers to hire a veteran.