Nebraska support services push employers to hire a veteran

Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 8:07 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - As work places continue to face staffing shortages, Nebraska support services are urging employers to keep a keen eye out for military service members as they sift through job applications.

Central Community College’s Grand Island campus has several veterans that work at the campus. They even have an office specifically dedicated to supporting those who have served the country.

Barry Horner, who works as the College’s Veterans and Military Services Director, is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for a total 41 years.

Horner has worked at CCC for 27 years, in this time he said he’d seen the college hire anywhere from 10 to 15 veterans — all of them bringing in a valuable skillset to the table.

“Once the opportunity is presented to those veterans, they really seize the moment and, when you look at those areas that the veterans have been involved in — they really do shine,” Horner said.

Eli Swantkoski received his diploma from CCC and now works as the administrative assistant in the Veteran’s and Military Resource Center, alongside Horner. He’s a Navy veteran of four years, and said the skills he and other veterans learn through their military experience can be extremely beneficial to any place of work.

“It’s not that civilians don’t have honor, courage and commitment, but when your whole identity has been shaped from the ground up, based on those principals, you get somebody who is ready to just commit and is all in for, for the work that they do,” Swantkoski said.

Swantkoski added veterans are resilient when it comes to overcoming obstacles on a day to day basis and are known to think outside of the box.

Nebraska Employment Support for the Guard and Reserve helps to promote veterans and those who are currently serving. Its Ombudsman Director, Vicki VonLoh, told Local4 News those in the U.S. Armed Forces understand responsibility.

“They know how to meet deadlines and they can work well under pressure because of their prior military or current military experience,” VonLoh said. “They know to be on time every time, that you know, being late is not an option when you’re in the military.”

VonLoh continued to say, those with military experience also tend to properly maintain a professional appearance.

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