Memorial Day is traditionally the kickoff of summer. Newscasters report on the expected holiday travel figures. Commercials on TV tout all of the sales and discounts offered for everything from cars to Miracle Gro. Facebook and Twitter buzz with people posting photos and tweeting about the barbeques and other family gatherings and events attended during their day off. All of these are occasioned for one purpose, to remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in service of our country.
As the day approaches, I am reminded of what a mix of emotions this day must hold for our Veterans. Amidst all of the celebrations and sales, are memories of friends who died horrible deaths, caskets covered in American flags and families mourning over the loss of their loved ones.
As I work in the Veteran community, I have heard the stories of bravery under incredibly dire circumstances. For all of these actions, we should be eternally grateful to our service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and honor the remaining Veterans in one of the most important ways…helping them to get jobs! For those who have returned from their service and are transitioning to civilian careers, or those who have served in years past, it is getting a good job at a wage that allows them to support themselves and their families that is the most instrumental in helping them adjust into civilian life and become productive members of their communities.
Many of our Veterans have taken advantage of the GI Bill and gone to college and gotten Bachelors Degrees and Masters Degrees. They have gone through the Helmets to Hardhats program to commence promising careers in the building trades. So, if you are an employer with open positions, please think of hiring a Veteran. If you are not sure how to proceed, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to make this happen.
Let’s get our Veterans working!
Andrea Goldman, Esq.
Andrea Goldman, Esq. is the Senior Director of Human Resources at ICD and the Director of the Veterans For Employment Program.