COLD SPRING, Ky. —T o support employers, dispel myths and demonstrate the business case for employing America’s nearly 4 million veterans with a service-connected disability, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) developed The Veteran Advantage: DAV Guide to Hiring and Retaining Veterans with Disabilities.
A first of its kind, the resource is being released during National Disability Employment Awareness Month as part of a broader corporate awareness effort.
The free, comprehensive guide is the result of more than four years of study about what the veteran community contributes to the workforce and how hiring veterans, especially disabled veterans, can positively impact a company’s bottom line.
At a time when employers are struggling to find qualified candidates, veterans bring unique experiences and capabilities to the job. Thanks in part to their military training and service, veterans with disabilities are loyal, team-orientated employees with job-ready skills, tested leadership abilities and a mission-focused work ethic.
“Our nation’s veterans, particularly those who have been injured, are faced with unique challenges as they transition from serving our country to powering America’s economy,” said Jeff Hall, DAV’s national employment director. “This guide is intended to help employers navigate the often-unclear terrain of recruiting, hiring and retaining veterans with disabilities.”
The 36-page publication not only offers best practices and helpful tools for employers, it also strives to inspire more organizations to consider this talent pool. Highlights from the guide include:
- Up-to-date statistics about veterans with disabilities.
- Explanations of financial incentives, tax credits and other support available to employers.
- Informative resources available from the Department of Labor, Department of Veterans Affairs and the Society for Human Resource Management.
- In-depth onboarding and retention strategies, with approaches to creating successful employee resource groups.
- Powerful testimonials of veterans thriving in successful careers, and case studies from respected employers who are benefiting from disabled veterans in their workplace.
- A comprehensive checklist tool for employers.
DAV is partnering with organizations, including First Data and USAA, which are applying the findings with their internal human resources and hiring teams and promoting the information with fellow industry leaders. For more information and to download a free copy of the guide, go to
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; providing employment resources to veterans and their families; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org