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My View: Don’t just thank a vet — hire one November 6, 2015
The following op-ed by Don Brandt, chairman, president and CEO of APS, was published in the Phoenix Business Journal on Friday, November 6, 2015. Instead of simply thanking a former mem­ber of the military this Veterans Day, Arizona employers should consider hiring one. Our nation’s veterans placed their lives on the line to serve their country and protect the American way of life. That makes them worthy of our gratitude and praise. It also makes them leaders, motivators, pragmatists, team players and experts in getting things done. Veterans have learned through experience what it means to work together toward a common goal. Their commitment is unparalleled. Nearly half of veterans in the 9/11 generation are between the ages of 25 and 34; they are highly qualified and ready to work. Yet sometimes these men and women have a difficult time making the transition to civilian employment. One barrier is that many employers lack a good understanding of the training, experience and skills our...
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