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TIA Veterans Initiative

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Since the inception of our republic, the United States has given our best and brightest to protect America and her interests abroad.  The foundation of our nation was made strong and is continually strengthened by soldiers who do our bidding around the world.  Almost three million American men and women have served our nation since September 11, 2001.  As they return stateside, strong in will, but with many unanswered questions during their transition to civilian life, it is incumbent upon those of us with the means to help, to do so.

The transportation industry can be the bridge over which a soldier crosses back into the civilian world. The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) Chairman and President of Choptank Transport Inc., Geoff Turner has pledged to hire five veterans by the end of 2014 and has challenged our membership to hire 100 soldiers over that period.  He stated:

 With nearly 1,400 TIA members in almost every state, we have the ability to effect a positive change in people’s lives on a massive scale.  A grateful nation will long remember our soldier’s efforts in Baghdad or Kabul, Tikrit and Kandahar.  Today, I challenge us all to not forget them upon their return.

 

At present, we have received commitments from 72 TIA employers in 34 states to hire a veteran over this time period.  We have already received notice of several hires and are excited to see this number grow.

In an effort to ensure this goal is reached, TIA has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Troops to Transportation Logistics Program (T2TL) among others, to link employers with veterans. 

Soldiers make fantastic employees and possess the skills a business needs to stay ahead of the curve and adapt with a constantly evolving marketplace.  The following are but a small sample of the skills veterans bring to the workplace.  In addition, there are a variety of tax credits outlined below that are available to employers for specific segments of the veteran population.  

High Capacity to Adapt and Perform under Pressure:

  • Adept at working independently or with teams.
  • Familiar with working under deadline.
  • Goal and detail oriented while also able to see the larger picture.

Ability to Learn and Think Quickly:

  • Experienced with cutting edge technology.
  • Work efficiently and possess quality time-management skills.
  • Able to do more with less.

 

Leadership Skills:

  • Lead by example.
  • Delegate or direct others effectively and as appropriate.
  • Inspire and motivate others around them when the need arises.

Available Tax Credits:

  • Returning Heroes Tax Credit: Provide a business incentive to hire unemployed veterans
    • Long-Term Unemployed: 40% of the first $14,000 of wages to hire veterans who have been unemployed longer than 6 month.
    • Short-Term Unemployed: 40% of the first $6,000 for employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed at least 4 weeks.
    • Wounded Warrior Tax Credit:
      • Work Opportunity Tax Credit through December 31, 2013
        • The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is included on IRS Tax Form 3800, General Business Credit.  If the veteran is hired prior to December 31, 2013 and meets certain requirements a business owner can receive up to a $9,600 credit. 
  • Credit up to 40% of the first $24,000 of wages for firms that hire veterans with service connected disabilities that have been unemployed longer than six months.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA):
    • If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, the SBA has many resources to help start or grow a small business.
    • These include, but are not limited to the following:
      • Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative.
      • Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
      • Operation Boots to Business.

These are our mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, friends and neighbors called upon by fate to preserve the freedoms won generations ago by men and women whose legacies live on in today’s warriors.  We cannot afford to be passionate by proxy; we must act on their behalf with equal parts passion and persistence to ensure they are cared for upon their return. 

If you have a question or would like further information on TIA’s Veteran Hiring Initiative, contact Will Sehestedt (sehestedt@tianet.org or 703-299-5713).