Leadership Maryland is an independent program aiming to develop informed leaders in the state. DCS Chief Executive Officer Santo Grande, a graduate of Leadership Maryland played a leading role in bringing the event to Cambridge.
We see an increasing number of veterans returning from overseas who are seeking employment and who have a wide range of skills and abilities that would be beneficial to employers. This program was facilitated to create awareness.
“Hiring veterans is a sacred duty,” said Vice Admiral David Architzel, commander of Naval Air Systems Command at the Patuxent Naval Air Station.
North Caroline High School Principal Brian Spiering, also a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2011, led the briefing. He said, “I’m asking you to become part of a veterans’ hiring network.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since Sept. 2001 – a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans - was 12.1 percent in 2011. Twenty-six percent of Gulf War-era II veterans reported having a service-connected disability in August 2011.
With large numbers of veterans scheduled to return later this year from deployment, a push is underway to encourage employers to put the servicemen and women to work. It was emphasized during the program that veterans have picked up valuable skills in the military, including a respect for authority and procedures, strong leadership, and personal honor.
For more information on hiring veterans, visit www.americanheroesatwork.gov.