From Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment


In my initial blog for Call of Duty Endowment, I advocated for a more productive dialogue on veterans unemployment. Veterans’ value to American businesses, not the debt of gratitude we owe them or the state of their employment numbers, should be front and center. In the past couple of weeks I’ve seen two business leaders contribute their voices to the business case for veterans, the conversation worth having. I applaud them.

 

Gary Stockbridge, regional president of Delmarva Power, remarked on the opportunity presented by the deluge of veterans returning from service. Gary aptly noted:

 

“There is a universal message we are receiving loud and clear in every forum and in every format: ‘Send us workers with good soft skills! Send us workers who know the importance of organizational goals and can get to work on time, ready to go.’ The things employers are searching for seem to be the exact features military service members bring to the competitive job market.”

 

Meanwhile, UPS CEO Scott Davis described his company’s commitment to hiring veterans. Davis acknowledged the skills and experiences UPS’ veteran employees offer, summing up the value of these employees by saying simply “It makes good business sense.”

 

I agree. And I look forward to seeing more business leaders trumpet that same realization.