Hiring veterans is good business

Phil Vollrath
Vollrath Associates Inc.
Industry: Public relations
Employees: 8

Phil Vollrath is chairman of Vollrath Associates, a downtown Milwaukee public relations agency celebrating its 35th anniversary. As the recent recipient of the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee’s fifth annual Citizen Support for Our Armed Services Award, he stresses the importance of service above self, especially when helping returning veterans into the workforce.

“Ever since I served in the U.S. Navy, my thoughts have been directed to how we can show our appreciation to those who are serving us in the Armed Services. As another war winds down, it is important that employers make an effort to hire returning members of our military. It is good for our veterans, it is good for our workforce, and it is good for our community.

“Hiring veterans is not just goodwill. It’s good business. Our veterans have multiple skills and experiences that provide added value to any employer here in Milwaukee. They know what it means to put in a hard day’s work and have come to appreciate life, which translates on the job.

“Helping returning veterans is not a single person’s or organization’s responsibility. We all need to play a role. Milwaukee has many events and organizations dedicated to supporting our military. These include Armed Forces Week, the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program, the Milwaukee Armed Services Committee, the Milwaukee Center for Veterans Issues, Dry Hootch, Fisher House Wisconsin, Purple Heart, and the Milwaukee Air & Water Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

“Our veterans’ duty was to serve us and protect our freedoms – now it is our duty is to serve them. As we celebrate Armed Forces Week here in Milwaukee from May 12 to 17, I encourage everyone to take a moment to thank our military veterans, get involved and practice service above self every day.”

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