Employers: 'Hire a vet, you won't regret it'

By Matt Porter

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 8:50 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Karl LaDue said his time serving in the U.S. Army during the 1970s gives him a different perspective at his job at Crowley Fabricating and Machinery.

"I think it's an advantage for the company to hire vets just because of the discipline they come out of the service with," LaDue said.

Binghamton University's Center for Innovation and Continuing Education agrees with LaDue, as they host a series of lunches dedicated to educating employers on the benefits of hiring veterans.

With thousands of veterans looking for work returning each year, the center said it will be more important for companies to step up.

LaDue said vets like him are focused on one fundamental rule at their job.

"It's the team, it's the team. That's what counts," he said.

As a company that contracts with the military, Crowley president Tom Crowley said he looks to hire vets because they understand the need to put out quality work.

"If they know that some of the products and parts we make are going to be used by our troops in the field," Crowley said, "They take a special interest in it, and make sure nothing is going to go wrong."

At Maines Food and Paper Supply, Iraq veteran Matthew Card is one of more than 100 service members employed.

"I just feel a veteran has a different perspective on life, what's right and wrong, and how to treat people better," Card said.

Maines representative, Jim O'Shea spoke at the lunch about why his company looks to vets for help.

"The veterans, they already have the self discipline, they have the responsibility, they have the mental toughness to do what we do and do it well," O'Shea said.

He said few others have the experience a vet does.

"The worst day in the civilian world is nothing compared to what they've been through," he said.

There will be three more lunches for employers to learn about why they should hire veterans and how they can ease transitions.

They are:

Oct. 11: Helping Veterans Transition in the Workplace
Oct. 25: Understanding the Military Culture
Nov. 8: Understanding What Services are Available to Veterans

All sessions will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton.

More details including registration fees are available here.