The Dalles steps up for veterans

A small community sets big goals for employing returning vets.

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The National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan face difficult choices when they return home to a faltering job market and a still-fragile economy.

Former The Dalles Mayor and career-long human resources professional Robb E. Van Cleave is spurring a national movement to find work for returning vets. He blogs about the importance of this effort across Oregon and the nation in today’s edition of the Huffington Post.

We’ve all read about or experienced the challenge of finding talent for our organizations. In some sectors, it’s become a matter of survival, as more and more baby boomers retire every day, and as fewer and fewer entrants to the workforce have the necessary skills to replace them. Veterans — including reservists and National Guard members — offer a solution. Skills like teamwork, verbal and written communication, leadership, resourcefulness, follow-through, reliability, loyalty and discipline are all hallmarks of military training and success. There is no organization or business that can’t benefit from such experience.

Read Van Cleave’s post in its entirety at the Huffington Post.

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