Posted by: Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA) | May 1, 2012

May 2012 PIHRA President’s Message

May 2012 PIHRA President’s Message
by Richard Propster, SPHR-CA

According to a March 2012 News Release from the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for those who served on active duty in the armed forces at any time since September 2001 (Gulf War-era II veterans) was 12.1 % in 2011 as opposed to a rate of 8.3% for all veterans.  For male Gulf-War-era veterans between 18 and 24, the unemployment rate is a staggering 29.1%.

These statistics are far beyond random chance and should be a clarion call for a reflective look at hiring practices.  Service to one’s country is one of our most important obligations and to disadvantage those who have served in any way should not be acceptable to any of us.  As HR professionals, we are uniquely positioned to assist service members returning to the civilian workforce and as Americans we are uniquely obligated to do so.

Military service instills a sense of responsibility, an ability to work under pressure to see a task through to completion, leadership and problem-solving acumen—precisely what an employer needs in this increasingly competitive global marketplace.

I have written to the commanding general of the Los Angeles Air Force Base and offered the resources of PIHRA to supplement their reintegration into the civilian workforce programs and encourage you do reach out to military installations in your area with an offer to partner with them in a similar fashion.

Workforce readiness is one of our core competencies and there is no better place to share this expertise than in assistance to those who have served our country in the armed services.

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