Texas Launches “We Hire Vets” Employer Recognition Program

Date: July 3, 2017

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-4693-8556

AUSTIN ⎯  The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), partnering with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and Texas Workforce Solutions Offices, announces the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program to recognize Texas employers for their commitment to hiring veterans. Texas is home to more than 500,000 employers, many of whom have experienced firsthand that veterans are hardworking, motivated and disciplined team members who will bolster an employer’s business. In 2016, there were nearly one million veterans in the Texas labor force.

Through this program, employers whose workforce is composed of at least 10 percent military veterans are eligible to receive a “We Hire Vets” employer recognition decal to display on the employer’s storefront as well as an electronic decal to display on the employer’s website.

“The ‘We Hire Vets’ program recognizes Texas employers for their commitment to hiring veterans,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “These employers understand the knowledge, skills and the competitive advantages veterans bring to their businesses.”

“We created this program under Governor Abbott’s leadership with our partners at TVC to recognize Texas employers who have shown their commitment to hiring and retaining our Texas veterans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Veterans bring a level of leadership, integrity and honor to a company that will strengthen any business.”

Employing veterans creates a dedicated workforce with employees who know how to lead, build teams, and accept and meet challenges. Recognition of employers with veteran-friendly hiring practices is an important aspect of the Texas Operation Welcome Home initiative that assists recently separated veterans with employment and training opportunities.

Through the launch of the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program, Texas is ensuring that it remains a veteran-friendly state. The program allows employers to apply for the recognition or be nominated by a local workforce development board or TVC partner.

“The Texas Veterans Commission recognizes companies for focusing on veteran employment,” said Thomas Palladino, TVC Executive Director. “Because hiring veterans is not good will, it’s good for business.”

“We Hire Vets” is a component of TWC’s Texas Operation Welcome Home initiative, which was created under Governor Abbott’s charge to identify gaps in services to Texas service members who are transitioning into civilian life. Texas Operation Welcome Home also includes a Skills for Transition program that helps separating service members who plan to remain in Texas, a Texas Transition Alliance to recommend and help employ best practices in providing workforce opportunities for veterans, and a Military Family Support program.

“We want to provide Texas workers who are veterans with a direct link to employment opportunities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Working with our partners, our goal is to help reduce unemployment among veterans while publicly thanking employers for helping us reach that goal.”

For more information on Texas Operation Welcome and the “We Hire Vets” program or to download the “We Hire Vets” nomination/employer form, visit texasworkforce.org/texas-operation-welcome-home.

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