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Veterans Day 2018 – A celebration of heroes in the workplace.

By John B. Wood •  November 9, 2018

Over the years, I’ve used this forum to highlight obstacles that challenge our veteran community in the workplace. Yet this Veterans Day is an opportunity to celebrate falling unemployment rates and a narrowing employment gap between veterans and nonveterans. And it is an opportunity to honor the contributions our heroes continue to make long after leaving the service.

Here at Telos, veterans currently make up nearly 20% of our employee population. We see first-hand how beneficial their experience and expertise can be to a company and its culture.

Here are some characteristics I have observed and truly value among our veteran employees:

Character: strong work ethic, commitment to integrity and honor

Leadership: ability to make tough calls and lead by example

Expertise: insight into warfighter requirements; experience with advanced technology

Adaptability: ability to evaluate dynamic situations, learn quickly, and work well under pressure

Diversity: experience and skill at working across national and cultural boundaries

Loyalty: commitment to an employer that treats them well, leading to longer tenure

Yet some employers struggle to see how skills learned in the military can benefit their organizations. I recommend these reference cards published by Rand Corporation.

This Veteran’s Day – thank someone for their military service, and look beyond that to appreciate how their service experience continues to enrich our culture and build our nation.

John B. Wood

John B. Wood

John B. Wood is the chairman and CEO of Telos Corporation. Follow him on Twitter: @john_b_wood See full bio...

Telos CEO John Wood blogs about business, education, and the values that guide us.

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