To salute the men and women of the armed forces and to honor Veteran’s Day, the Louisiana Workforce Commission encourages veterans and employers to explore and take advantage of the agency’s no-cost services and resources, including a limited-time tax incentive for hiring veterans.
Thousands of military service members return from duty each month and face the often difficult transition back to civilian life and work. Louisiana is home to more than 325,000 veterans, a potential gold mine of disciplined, experienced workers.
While in the service, military men and women work in professional fields comparable to civilian occupations in fields such as transportation, construction, food service, telecommunications, information technology, engineering and health care. They have the proven ability to learn new skills and concepts and to work under pressure. Many possess advance education and training along with leadership experience needed in the civilian workforce.
“Our staff is ready and able to help employers meet, interview and hire veterans,” LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink said. “Military veterans often prove to be top-notch civilian employees who possess the skills and character to help businesses prosper.”
Employers can take advantage of a Work Opportunity Tax Credit of up to $9,600 for qualified military veterans hired after Nov. 21, 2011, and before Dec. 31, 2012.
The LWC can help employers reduce their costs for recruitment and for training their new hires. The agency can customize hiring and recruiting events tailored to meet business’s needs.
Veterans can receive a host of services through LWC’s statewide network of Business and Career Solutions Centers. The agency’s Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program carries out intensive services and case management to meet the employment needs of eligible veterans. Each region has a local veterans employment representative, who is also a veteran. These representatives serve as a conduit between veterans and employers.
In addition, LWC’s Vocational Rehabilitation program can provide comprehensive vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for eligible veterans with service-connected disabilities.
LWC ranks 7th in the country in re-employment of veterans, assisting an estimated 14,000 veterans yearly.
To learn more about our services for veterans, visit Louisiana’s employment homepage at www.laworks.net.
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