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Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet® – The Benefits of Hiring Military Service Members

 
Military job seekers possess experience unmatched by their peers, have demonstrated their performance in stressful situations, and are graduates from the nation’s military academies, top colleges and universities, and technical schools.

With over 220,000 veterans transitioning from service each year, the military represents a continually renewing source of talent from which to hire, comprised of approximately 35% diversity candidates.

Orion candidates represent the highest quality of job seekers available. We screen and select our candidates from the top 10% of Junior Military Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Technicians leaving the Armed Services, and we have a constantly replenishing database of approximately 30,000 candidates ready to work within the next 90 days. Our Recruiters perform a multi-tiered screening process, verify our candidates’ backgrounds, and check their references, all prior to presenting them
to our clients.
 
Orion Military Candidates
 
Junior Military Officers (JMOs) have earned a BS or BA in Engineering, Management, or Humanities. Many have advanced degrees. Orion’s JMO candidates have served in the military between 4 and 10 years and possess leadership experience unmatched by their civilian peers. US News & World Report (November, 2008) named U.S. Junior Military Officers as “America’s Best Leaders,” due to the circumstances under which they have led their troops. JMOs are ideal for positions in Engineering, Leadership, Operations Management, and Sales.
 
Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) are senior enlisted personnel in a direct leadership role, with 7 to 20+ years of military experience. NCOs are the primary military leaders responsible for executing the mission and training military personnel. They have extensive training in leadership and management, as well as combat, service-specific and specialized technical training. Many have college degrees. NCOs are ideal for Technical, Maintenance, and Field Service Management and Supervisory positions.
 
Enlisted Technicians possess strong technical qualifications and training as Electrical, Electronics, and Mechanical Technicians. They have served in the military at least 3 years, and have world-class technical training, hands on experience, and excel in any situation, no matter how difficult. They are ideal for positions in Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Maintenance, Field Service, Operations, and Technical Supervision.
 
Attributes Unique to the Military Candidate
 
Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can enhance your organization's productivity.
 
The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer structures.
 
Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to one's colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes relate to each other and an overarching objective.
 
Veterans have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many different types of individuals.
 
Veterans understand the rigors of tight schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
 
Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework, becoming responsible for subordinates' actions to higher supervisory levels. They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
 
Because of their experiences in the service, veterans are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
 
Veterans know what it means to do "an honest day's work." Prospective employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and trustworthiness.
 
Thanks to extensive training, veterans are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and materials.
 
In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. They may have overcome personal disabilities through strengths and determination. (Courtesy of Dept of Labor, HireVetsFirst Initiative)
 
Tax Benefits to Hiring Veterans
 
January 2014 update: As of January 7, 2014, there is no new information available on the extension of these tax credits, which have expired. We will update this information as it is released.

On January 1, 2013, Congress passed a bill that extended the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits through December 31, 2013. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring qualified unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit tax credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities to up to $9,600.

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There are also other programs which offer state and local tax benefits to hiring veterans. State programs, such as the California Enterprise Zone (EZ) Program, provide a payroll tax credit for employers located within the boundaries of a defined Enterprise Zone within a given state. Businesses can reduce state taxes by a portion of wages paid to employees for up to 5 years. As another example, Vermont has the Tax Credit for Hiring a Veteran with Recent Military Service, which provides up to $2,000 for hiring a recently transitioned Vermont veteran. There are 41 states with similar programs; check with your state Department of Labor to learn about the tax benefits of hiring veterans in your state.
 
Relocation Cost Savings
 
Each branch of the military pays the final relocation costs for its service members, resulting in several thousand dollars in cost savings per hire. The military will also pay for the veteran to put their belongings into storage for up to a full year at no cost, especially useful if a training program is required in a different location than where the candidate will ultimately work.
 
Lower Health Care Premiums
 
Physical fitness is of great importance in the military, and generally speaking, veterans are in good physical condition. This translates into cost savings for employers on health premiums and claims filed by veterans.

Retired veterans (who are young as 37) are eligible to receive free health care coverage for life through TRICARE, the military’s health care program, as well as reduced cost for their family members. In addition, all separated military members have at least basic eligibility to use the Veterans Administration system for qualified medical issues. Many military reservists choose to use a TRICARE supplement, rather than utilizing their employer’s plan.
 
Workplace Safety Cost Reductions
 
It is estimated that workforce safety injuries cost American industry over $18.3 billion annually. Military professionals are trained to work efficiently while physically overexerted and with quick, precise reactions. Safety is paramount in the military and veterans bring this focus with them to the civilian workforce.
 
There are many benefits to hiring military professionals – contact us today to learn more about adding veterans to your organization.
 
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