The initiative is a partnership between state government, business and veterans groups including the Nebraska Department of Labor, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Nebraska’s private business employers and others.
“Employers like to hire veterans because our businesses are looking for skilled employees and veterans bring excellent skills to the workforce,” said Heineman. The governor added that Nebraska's diverse job opportunities make the state the perfect place for service men and women to call home following active duty deployments.
Nebraska employers and other representatives will attend military career fairs in several states as part of the program. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado had a higher number of unemployed veterans than Nebraska in 2013 leading business leaders to focus on those nearby states.
“With Nebraska’s unemployment rate hovering around 3.7 percent, help wanted signs are plentiful all across our state,” said Barry Kennedy, Nebraska Chamber president. “Military veterans offer employers a wide array of skills, a strong work ethic and proven self-discipline. Moreover, they are mobile and willing to relocate for good opportunities." Kennedy adds that Nebraska’s presence at military jobs fairs in other states is part of a focused strategy to bring in more skilled laborers.
The Nebraska Chamber has established www.TheGoodLifeForVeterans.com to help share the initiative with out-of-state veterans, including former Nebraska residents. The site contains information about living and working in Nebraska, as well as veteran services, education, recreation and entertainment.