The 100,000 Jobs Mission—a private coalition of more than 160 companies from almost every industry in the U.S. economy—has already exceeded its goal to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. RAND was engaged by a founding coalition member to capture the lessons and experiences of the coalition's efforts to provide veteran employment opportunities—what went right, and what could be improved. Using Zwick Impact Funds, the project team convened a workshop connecting leaders in the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor with leaders in industry to address the challenges that remain surrounding veteran employment.
Businesses report that U.S. military veterans make excellent employees, but companies still experience challenges locating and hiring them, including continuing difficulty understanding the match between military skills and civilian job requirements.
The successes and challenges companies who are proponents of veteran employment have experienced highlight areas where civilian employers and federal agencies can take steps to increase veteran opportunities in the workplace.