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Vets not wanted, ex-recruiter says

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It's a dirty little secret a lot of companies don't want to talk about.

They may say they want to hire military veterans but really, they don't.

Former corporate recruiter Tim Sackett writes about the problem on his blog, "Fistful of Talent".  Sackett said vets come with an attached stigma, at least in the minds of many hiring managers.

"There probably isn't one reason, but I'll give you some that I think are happening:
-- Hiring managers are intimidated by someone who probably has more training and responsibility as a leader than they'll ever have.
-- It scares the s*** out of hiring managers that a few months ago, this person was killing someone, or seeing others killed, and now they have to integrate them into their team.
-- Most hiring managers can't comprehend what really goes on in the military, but they get the college experience, so they hire what they know."

One of the main reasons is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Paul Delacerda said it cost him and other vets jobs.

"I think companies are not trained well enough to identify and react to someone who has PTSD.  'Hire a Hero', that's great but know what you are getting into when you hire one," Delacerda said.

Another stigma attached to vets is that they are too rigid, lack initiative and creativity.  Methodist Hospital's Willie French Jr. admitted many in his field do have those prejudices, but they need to get over them.

"We haven't found any truth to those myths," French said.

Employers can get tax credits for hiring vets, but that tax break is set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress extends it.

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