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As more military veterans return home from Afghanistan, colleges and universities must do more to integrate them into the student body, write St. Leo University President Arthur Kirk Jr. and Jose Coll, veteran services director at the school. The two warn that veterans may clash with other students who have not lived in such a rigorously disciplined environment. "Veterans are substantially different than their traditional student counterparts. They may share a classroom, but their life experiences and perspectives rarely compare," they write.
The franchise industry offers veterans and military spouses the opportunity to invest in their own business with the added support of a proven business model and established brands, and many franchises offer discounts on initial franchise fees and other costs for veterans, including Sport Clips, MaidPro, Boulder Designs, Line-X and Valpak. "Franchising is for people who want to go into business for themselves but not by themselves," said Todd Leiser, Valpak's director of franchise sales.
When given the choice between a college graduate and a military veteran, companies almost always go with the college grad, Tim Sackett writes. The problem may be that hiring managers are intimidated by former soldiers, or that they are more familiar with the college experience than they are with the military experience. To overcome an organization's aversion to former service members, force managers to confront their stereotypes with questions about hiring vets, Sackett writes.
Veterans needing jobs are not being given hiring preferences by federal agencies and contractors, a clear law violation, critics charge. Veterans organizations want more funding from lawmakers to enforce the Labor Department's Veterans Employment and Training Service.