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Special Feature: Hiring Veterans Makes Good Business Sense

Posted By Haley Armstrong, Friday, December 1, 2017

Special Feature: Hiring Veterans Makes Good Business Sense

By Matthew Goodwin, AJW


Giving back to those who have served our country is a good idea, it’s also very good business. Veterans come to the civilian workforce with the experience that makes them valued employees. Among other things, they understand teamwork and respect procedures which is essential for productivity. They understand health and safety standards which helps ensure they are mindful of the protection of fellow employees, property and equipment. They also can effectively deal with the pressures of tight schedules while making sure the job is done right. In addition, they can also help businesses earn tax credits for hiring them.


According to Jordie Kern, founder of 7 Eagle, ( a recruiting firm dedicated to finding jobs for veterans, there are often tax credits for hiring veterans. This can range from $2,400 to $5,600 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and up to $9,600 with the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit.


Kern says that the veteran community delivers industry employees who are highly skilled and have the kind of training, leadership skills and discipline that is hard to find in the civilian ranks.


Kern started 7 Eagle four years ago as a way to give back to those men and women who had given so much to the U.S. His own father served in World War II, but never liked to talk about it. As a result, Kern grew up not feeling the pull to join the military which he regretted as he got older.


7 Eagle provides veterans with mentoring, training, role playing and other techniques to maximize the candidate’s success. They help veterans tackle the interview process by making a two-minute video of themselves which is then edited by 7 Eagle and along with some accompanying paperwork is presented to prospective employers.


As a result of their efforts, 82% of candidates get interviews and the majority are made offers.


Kern says that, “helping the veteran community and helping companies hire great workers is a win-win."


7 Eagle is not the only company that has made its mission to help vets find work after their service.


Durr Systems is a 15,000-employee international mechanical and plant engineering firm and a has been a member of ICAC for over a decade. They are headquarted in Germany, but have a significant presence in the US. For the better part of a year they had been trying to fill a number of field service technician positions. They were having very little success. Either candidates were not qualified, or they seemed to show little interest in putting in the time in the field before they wanted to move up in the organization.


Richard Garvey, Director of Operations for Clean Technology Systems, along with his HR staff began to quiz their existing service staff for suggestions. It turned out that their most senior service technician was ex-navy. He suggested that they consider hiring ex-military staff.


The HR department began to look into job fairs that focused on placing veterans. During their search, they came across a company called Bradley-Morris (


Bradley-Morris is the largest military-focused recruiter in the U.S. It was founded in 1991, and has had over 30,000 successful placements since then. They have offices in Atlanta, Austin, Norfolk, San Diego and Cincinnati.


Garvey and his HR staff had confidence in Bradley-Morris and in no time qualified candidates were sourced. Garvey found that these candidates were not only technically qualified, but they were willing and eager to put the necessary time in the field and in many cases, build a career in field service.


In fact, Garvey said that almost every ex-military candidate was better than their non-military counterparts. Their leadership skills and their discipline were exactly what Durr was looking for.


Garvey has enthusiastically shared his success with other divisions within Durr Systems including their overseas offices who have found veterans looking to stay in Europe.


According to Garvey, “Anything we can do for them after what they have done for us is more than appropriate.”

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