Recognizing Veterans In The Workforce

June 29, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Office Of The Governor And Texas Workforce Commission Launch “We Hire Vets” Employer Recognition Program

The Office of Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) have partnered with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to launch the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program. This program will recognize Texas employers whose workforce consists of at least 10 percent military veterans by providing their enterprise with a decal to display on their storefront, as well as an electronic decal for their website. The “We Hire Vets” program is a component of the TWC’s Texas Operation Welcome Home initiative, which was created under Governor Abbott’s charge to identify gaps in services to Texas service members transitioning into civilian life.

“With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s important to take a moment and remember how much we owe to the brave men and women in uniform who have risked their lives to give us the freedom we enjoy today,” said Governor Abbott.

It is important to recognize current employers utilizing our highly-skilled veteran workforce, and encourage future employers to consider veterans in their hiring process. While we can never say ‘thank you’ enough, the ‘We Hire Vets’ program will create well-deserved opportunities to get our veterans back into the workforce.

Texas is home to the second-most veterans in the country, and each year close to 20,000 service members transition from Texas military facilities to civilian life. Texas currently has nearly 40,000 veterans searching for employment in the Lone Star State.

“We created this program under Governor Abbott’s leadership with our partners at TVC in an effort to recognize Texas employers who have shown their commitment to hiring and retaining our Texas veterans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Veterans bring a level of leadership, integrity, and honor to a company that will strengthen any business.”

“The Texas Veterans Commission recognizes companies for focusing on veteran employment,” said TVC Executive Director Thomas Palladino. “Because hiring veterans is not good will, it’s good for business.”

Employers can apply for this recognition or be nominated by a local Workforce Development board or TVC partner.

To download the We Hire Vets nomination application, please visit: