Veterans Earn $5 More Per Hour than Non-Veterans
July 30, 2019
- Misconceptions about career prospects for veterans
- Why Wisconsin is a great place to live if you’re a veteran
- National programs to help veterans get acclimated to life in the private sector
Enlisting in the military is a lifelong sacrifice. Service members and their families face enough while they’re fighting for our nation, but they meet a new kind of struggle when it’s time to find a career and settle down in the private sector as a veteran.
There are a lot of misconceptions about career prospects after the military for our veterans.
As it turns out, researchers from the University of Akron recently conducted a study showing a strong correlation between military service and better job prospects, as well as higher wages. “Though the transition from military service to the private sector can be difficult for many veterans, when veterans do find employment, they tend to be quite successful in the workplace,” Cristine Boyd from the University of Akron writes.
Veterans often have higher cognitive and people skills, as well as educational attainment thanks to policies like the GI Bill. Not to mention, they’re some of the most dedicated and hard-working people around.
The study also showed that veterans might have more opportunity living in communities with other veterans, not necessarily in an area where few residents have had the opportunity to associate with veterans. But, given their resilience and level of skills, “veterans could [still] do quite well if they locate in these areas,” the study noted.
State and local economies benefit from supporting veterans in their transition to life after service.
In Ohio, House Bill 16 grants in-state tuition to military members, spouses and dependents. The bill not only improves the economic status of military families, but it also supports Ohio’s economy at large by keeping those skilled, high-earning vets in-state – and paying taxes there. Veterans now make up eight percent of the state’s total income, although they represent just 6 percent of employment.
Madison represents Wisconsin as the number 13 overall best place for veterans to live (from the 100 largest U.S. cities). Here are a few reasons why Wisconsin is a great place to live if you are a veteran:
- Wisconsin GI Bill: Covers full tuition (up to eight full-time semesters or 128 credits) for veterans in any University of Wisconsin or Wisconsin College System school.
- Wisconsin Veterans and Surviving Spouses Property Tax Credit: a refundable property tax credit for any primary, in-state residence and up to one acre of land.
- Job Training and Apprenticeship: The Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs’ State Approving Agency (SAA) has approved more than 200 institutions and 350 facilities in Wisconsin for eligible veterans to get training and career guidance.
- Veteran job fairs and events: Veterans living in Wisconsin have access to several upcoming events to advance their careers in the private sector, including the Milwaukee Veterans Job Fair (September 9), and Veterans in the Workforce Summit (September 27).
And at the national level, the government has made big strides this past year to help our veterans get acclimated to life in the private sector.
The Department of Veteran Affairs launched new health care options under the MISSION Act, which gives veterans access to more community care and makes it easier to find care outside of a VA medical facility. The Veterans Community Care Program was just launched on June 6, 2019.
The Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019 is currently making its way through Congress, with strong support from the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The legislation would “establish an office in the Justice Department that would provide support and possibly funding to states to establish and maintain veterans treatment courts,” according to MOAA.org.
Old bills and outdated systems are being changed to benefit veterans and their families, and new bills are making their way through the legislative process. Above all, helping service members find passion and purpose is the number one goal for both Wisconsin and the nation at large.
The stronger our veterans’ economic status, the stronger our local communities, and the stronger our nation as a whole.