On Thursday, October 28, 2010, in an effort to assist and educate employers about hiring veterans and wounded warriors, the US Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the introduction of a new online toolkit to guide employers through the hiring process.

The free toolkit was developed as part of the DOL’s “America’s Heroes at Work” initiative and provides a sixstep process that is designed to help employers develop a program to add veterans to their recruitment and hiring efforts. The toolkit includes information on (1) designing a strategy for hiring veterans, (2) creating a welcoming and educated workplace for veterans, (3) actively recruiting veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses, (4) hiring qualified veterans and learning about how to accommodate wounded warriors, (5) promoting an inclusive workplace to retain veterans and (6) locating other helpful tools and resources.  

The toolkit’s “Helpful Links” provides employers with additional information on traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress symptoms and treatment, hiring wounded and injured veterans, disability-related workplace accommodations and information on the transitioning military service member. Although often pigeon-holed as inflexible and rigid “order followers,” military veterans are often found to be creative and flexible employees. Veterans have been trained under extreme conditions to accomplish a mission, without an eye towards a time clock. The military mantra “mission first” demands that veterans possess a creative and resourceful mindset to accomplish the mission regardless of the resources provided.