Engaging Veterans in America’s Civilian Workforce

America’s employers play a critical part in employing veterans as they return from service and seek private sector opportunities. This toolkit is one step forward to fill the existing void of resources that corporations need to create rewarding career opportunities for servicemen and women, and to benefit from the strong talent pool represented in veterans and their families.


The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) and General Electric (GE) are partnering to empower our nation’s employers with the tools, strategies, and peer resources to adopt a collaborative and strategic approach to veteran employment. Select tools include best-in-class practices, processes, resources and programs positioned to increase employment opportunities for our nation’s veterans, contributed by those using them and curated by IVMF experts.

GE is the lead corporate sponsor of this toolkit and an IVMF flagship partner, supporting the institute’s work to improve the employment situation of veterans and their families. Our collaboration provides the resources to create this collaborative, open effort of
our nation’s employers, public sector institutions, organizations and additional stakeholders to deliver a robust and dynamic set of tools and resources which can be shared and leveraged in support of veteran-focused career initiatives.
  • Get Skills to Work

    With an estimated 600,000 open advanced manufacturing jobs across America, this program is committed to closing the gap and creating new futures for those who worked to make ours better.

  • Boeing

    Part of the Get Skills to Work consortium, Boeing has hired and trained nearly 3,000 veterans in the past 21 months.

  • Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin is heavily involved in programs aimed at helping transitioning veterans, including Get Skills to Work, and has hired more than 2,200 veterans in 2012. More than 25,000 of Lockheed’s employees are veterans.


    Alcoa is the world's leading integrated aluminum company, providing jobs to 59,000 employees across 31 countries. Veterans offer the technical, leadership and critical thinking skills that advanced manufacturing demands.

Veteran Employment Leading Practices – curated contributions by many stakeholders, useable by everyone – contains resources for executive leaders, human resources professionals, veteran employees and peer co-workers designed to promote the business case for recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing veterans in careers in the private sector. It is organized into four main categories: