Vets can help in economic development, says state official
According to retired Marine Corps Col, Rocky J. Chavez, who is the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, hiring veterans is a sure-fire way not only to help returning military personnel have livelihoods, but also to aid in national economy. Monterey Herald
He cited Dan Senor and Saul Singer’s book “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” as a guide for the future.
“Israel is one of the smallest countries,” Chavez said, “but it’s No. 4 among countries traded on the stock exchange, after the United States, China and the European Union.”
A key to Israel’s success, he said, has been a requirement that all of its citizens — men and women — serve in the nation’s military.
They emerge at age 20 to 22 to go to universities or into business having “learned in the military to be accountable, responsible, to work as a team.” Veterans are highly prized as students, employees and business leaders.
Singapore may lead in higher education and Finland in the number of new inventions per capita, Chavez said, but Israel’s success is founded on “a positive entrepreneurial attitude.
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