USERRA helps veterans get back to work

Earlier this month, the President announced the withdrawal of 8,000 troops from Iraq by next February and the deployment of others to Afghanistan.

With 8,000 troops expected to return to the U.S. by next year, employers need to be prepared and understand the details of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). 

USERRA provides reemployment protection and other benefits for veterans and other employees who perform military service. The law applies to all employers, regardless of size and all service members, including those who volunteered to serve.

"Service members transitioning from the military today are some of the most educated, technically savvy, professionally qualified the armed forces have ever produced," says Willie Hensley, deputy assistant secretary for human resources management and labor relations for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Many service members have received expert training in areas such as engineering, health care, information technology and security. Even with their qualifications, helping service members transition back into the workplace can be a difficult process.

For employers looking to hire veterans and advice for transitioning soldiers, visit sites including:

For more information on how USERRA protects the employment and benefit rights for employees who serve in the military and your responsibilities for accommodating disabled veterans visit and take a look at our E-Guide: When Soldiers Return to Work.

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