The Illinois Department of Employment Security says it’s dedicated to finding careers for veterans returning home from overseas. The agency signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve statement of support. It’s the first employment agency in the country to do so. Jim Rebholz, national chair of the ESGR, says veterans deserve job security.


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“We have a joint goal of finding careers for our men and women who serve,” Rebholz said. “Finding careers for those who left with a job and are coming back, we want to make sure that job is still there for them.”

A statement of support means the Department of Employment Security will encourage businesses to hire veterans. The agency says veterans are ideal employees because of their loyalty and team-building atmosphere they bring to the workplace. The unemployment rate for veterans remains higher than rates for other groups.

Department of Employment Security director Jay Rowell says state income tax credits are available for businesses who hire qualified veterans, up to $1,200 per year per employee. They might also qualify for a $4,800 federal credit through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

”[Veterans] are loyal, and they carry a team attitude with them,” Rowell said. “In addition, there [are] the leadership skills they possess from their service that translate so well into the private sector.”

 (Illinois Radio Network)