Building bridges for student veterans
Effective sustainable partnerships with employers are built not on charity or pity, but on the employers’ need for skilled, talented workers.
When building partnerships, nothing replaces spontaneous, authentic conversation. Find out where this happens and be there.
Veteran-friendly does not always mean disability-friendly. Reach out to get a sense of how and if people with disabilities are fully included in a workplace.
These financial incentives might be of interest to employers. However, most employers will be more motivated by getting a sustainable source of talent. Lead by talking about talent, but be prepared to describe financial and tax incentives available to employers who hire veterans and veterans with disabilities.
Business partnerships are valuable and worth trying to maintain, even when you hit a rough patch. But if your repeated attempts to address a problem don’t work, it might be time to walk away for now. You can always try to rebuild the partnership if things change.