Discussing veteran and disabled employment is a difficult topic, especially among employers and business owners. Some employers fear that hiring veterans and disable Americans may prove too costly in operational costs, while others have thought of serving those who have served and want to do well, but just don’t know how to actually go about getting veterans in their workforce.
The truth, however, is not as simple or dire as this picture paints. There are numerous government and non-government resources out there that list quite a few benefits of going out of your way to add veterans and disabled Americans to your work team.
You Can Get Accommodation Assistance
This seems to be the main concern for most of the employers who abstain to take an affirmative action protocol and actively hire vets and other disabled persons. They think it is too costly, too complicated or too risky to undertake depending on the activities they regularly perform on their businesses. But the government can—and especially in the case of disabled vets– and has implemented quite a few initiatives to help business owners with the implementation of reasonable accommodation for disabled employees.
There are numerous programs like the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) at the Department of Defense, the Assistive Technology Program from the Department of Education and the Disability Accommodation Program from the Department of Energy, which showcase possible solutions and offer instrumental guidance in how to best approach the challenges of providing adequate accommodation for disabled employees.
You Can Get a Tax Credit
Many savvy business owners know how to use the tax system not only to increase profitability but to do good. They know that hiring key staff can be a way to lessen their tax burden, as is the case with vets and disabled workers.
In the case of veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs runs a Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program that helps employers with things such as salary subsidies and salary reimbursements, assistive technology for reasonable accommodations at no cost. Also, there are two tax credits that directly benefit employers that hire vets: the Wounded Warrior tax credit and the Returning Heroes tax credit.
General tax credits for hiring people with a disability also exists in the form of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, the Architectural Barrier Removal Tax Deduction and the Disabled Access Credit.
You Can Feel Good About your Contributions to Social Well-being
Having recruiting friendly guidelines to underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities and vets increases your chances to more rapidly deliver on your social responsibility while also diversifying and strengthening your workforce.
This means that your employees will respect you more and that your reputation will be given a boost among the people who care about providing quality of life to as many people as possible.
Ultimately, what every good employer wants to achieve when employing vets and people with disability is giving back to the community in a much meaningful way than just paying taxes. Hiring veterans and disabled people is a good way to meet your recruitment goals while also earning loyal and committed employees.