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Vets Continue Service Through Local Water and Wastewater Utilities
Date:11/12/2013

ces, with presentations and exhibits available to address questions about the VetSuccess.Gov program, along with representatives from state and local agencies, water and wastewater utilities, and their associations.

For Katie McCain, former president of the American Water Works Association, this program has become a major focus of her continued service to the water utility industry.

Hiring Wounded Warriors

Water and wastewater utilities have increasing resources to support hiring of veterans through the VA and related programs - as well as to address questions and concerns about potential veteran employees. Resources on hiring vets have often been released during November - which was designated as "Warrior Care Month" by then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in 2008.

Cmdr. Dante Terronez, Naval District Washington regional director of the Navy Wounded Warrior (NWW) Safe Harbor Program, describes Warrior Care Month as "a joint-service event that recognizes wounded warriors, as well as those who care for them, for their service, sacrifices and achievements."

Terronez continues, "It also is an opportunity to raise awareness of the resources available to service members should illness or injury strike unexpectedly."

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University conducted research on the "reasons to hire" veterans, producing a report entitled The Business Case for Hiring a Veteran: Beyond the Clichés. Their findings on hiring of veterans in a competitive business environment included:

  •     Veterans are entrepreneurial
  •     Veterans assume high levels of trust
  •     Veterans are adept at transferring skills across contexts/tasks
  •     Veterans have advanced technical training
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