DAV (Disabled American Veterans) along with Monster (NYSE: MWW), a
global leader in connecting people to jobs, and its subsidiary
Military.com, today released findings from the new Disabled
Veterans Talent Survey, one of the first analyses of hiring and
workplace experiences for disabled veterans.
Employers who have hired a veteran are positive about the experience—73
percent of respondents report that their company has made a commitment
to hiring veterans. While 81 percent feel their company is a positive
place for disabled veterans to work, nearly half (45 percent) of
employers surveyed feel their work environment is not appropriate for
veterans with disabilities, and 30 percent have concerns about veterans
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As for disabled veterans, 84
percent feel employers are accommodating of their disabilities, but only
38 percent have disclosed their disabilities on a job application.
“The survey confirms that we must do more to educate employers about
hiring veterans with disabilities, while also helping veterans feel more
confident when job seeking,” said Jeff Hall, DAV’s National Employment
Director. “The Disabled Veterans Talent Survey is an important
step in shedding light on the fact that a veteran’s disability is often
a factor in hiring, yet companies that hire disabled veterans report it
is a productive and positive experience.”
The Disabled Veterans Talent Survey is a subset of the Veterans
Talent Index (VTI), conducted annually by Monster and Military.com.
For the first time, it included nearly a dozen questions specifically
pertaining to veterans with disabilities. The VTI will be released by
Monster and Military.com on November 7.
“This is the first time since the inception of the Veterans Talent
Index that we asked questions specifically geared toward disabled
veterans,” said Greg Smith, President of Military.com
and a retired Navy admiral. “Service members are returning to civilian
life after multiple tours of duty and often surviving extraordinary
personal challenges. We wanted to partner with DAV to help America
understand what our injured and ill veterans face in the civilian
Other key findings include:
Disabled Veterans’ Perspective on Job Hunting:
Sixty-five percent of respondents believe their service-connected
disability has required them to change career paths.
When it comes to their disability, 78 percent of the service members
and veterans surveyed do not feel it impacts their value as an
employee. Sixty-six percent agree their disability impacts their
physical ability only.
Of the respondents who indicated they have a disability, 66 percent
say it is visibly apparent.
Employers Perspective on Hiring Disabled Veterans:
Of employers who have hired disabled veterans, 81 percent believe
their company is a positive and productive workplace. Seventy-four
percent believe it has been a positive experience for the company.
Seventy-three percent of employers surveyed say their company has
confidential resources available to veterans if they need to seek help.
Seventy-five percent of employers have confidential resources for
managers to help their veteran employees.
Monster and Military.com used an online panel of 569 service-member and
veteran respondents supplied by Survey Sampling International, 388 of
whom reported having a disability. Additionally, 583 employers who
recently hired a veteran participated in the survey. The margin of error
is +/- 4.1 percent. Respondents to the survey are veterans who have been
out of the military for less than five years, active duty service
members who plan to leave the military within the next year, and
employers who have hired at least one veteran in the past year.
Monster and Military.com established the Veterans Talent Index in
the fall of 2011 to provide an ongoing and quantifiable metric of
employment conditions for transitioning service members. Past surveys
have provided information and perspective on topics including why post
9/11 veterans faced a higher unemployment rate, the barriers to
connecting veteran job seekers with employers eager to hire them, and
how location could impact a veteran’s ability to find a job.
To learn more about employment resources and job fairs for both veterans
and employers, visit www.dav.org/veterans/employment.
DAV is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men
and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans of all
generations and their families can access the full range of benefits
available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured
heroes on Capitol Hill; linking veterans and their families to
employment resources; and educating the public about the great
sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
DAV, a non-profit organization with nearly 1.3 million members, was
founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more
About Monster Worldwide
Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: MWW) is a global leader in connecting
people to jobs, wherever they are. For more than 20 years, Monster has
helped people improve their lives with better jobs, and employers find
the best talent. Today, the company offers services in more than 40
countries, providing some of the broadest, most sophisticated job
seeking, career management, recruitment and talent management
capabilities. Monster continues its pioneering work of transforming the
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and a vast array of products and services. For more information, visit monster.com/about.
Military.com is the nation's largest online military destination serving
over ten million members, including active duty personnel, reservists,
guard members, retirees, veterans, family members, defense workers, and
those considering military careers. Military.com enables the 30 million
Americans with military affinity to access information about their
benefits, advance their careers, enjoy military discounts, and stay
connected for life. Military.com develops efficient affinity marketing
and communications programs for government agencies and companies
serving this market. Military.com is a business unit of Monster
Worldwide, Inc. More information is available at www.military.com.
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