Dempsey highlights importance of hiring veterans

By U.S. ArmyNovember 7, 2014

Dempsey highlights importance of hiring veterans
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2014 -- Veterans are brave and selfless, and they bring the best traits to employers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey spoke in New York at a symposium of veterans on Wall Street, a group that helps veterans find business and career opportunities in the financial services industry.

He thanked the employers in the room who have hired veterans, and said their employees who have served in the military will "make you a better organization."

Veterans are "incredibly adaptable" and take on challenging assignments around the globe in service to the nation, the chairman said.

"They put themselves in harm's way for the people of the United States and for people they never even met before, and that's quite a remarkable trait," he added. "You don't know you're courageous until you're tested. What I'm telling all of you who are veterans and all of you who would think about hiring them [is that] they're courageous."

The people of the United States do understand the importance of the military and recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans, Dempsey said. "It's an honor to serve. It's a challenging time to serve," he added.

Dempsey also highlighted "Commitment to Service," a collaboration between the National Basketball Association and the Defense Department. He encouraged similar partnerships that showcase veterans and the importance of selfless service.

Looking ahead, the general predicted an environment in which the military will have a sustained role, "whether it's against Ebola, or ISIL, or in support of our NATO allies, or in support of our allies in the Pacific."

Because of these challenges, he said, veterans will continue to be "part of the fabric of America for a very long time."

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