As we make our way toward the Memorial Day holiday this weekend, and we hopefully spend a little time thinking about how much our veterans give to this country, we at ideastream wanted to highlight something not always considered: the economic impact that veterans make. This intersection of armed forces service, economic opportunity, and activity is brought to light in a new report from Team NEO.
The report, "Untapped Opportunities," argues that as we see a talent shortage in many areas of Northeast Ohio and around the country, employers should lean into the veteran pool, and utilize them as a highly skilled workforce. The summation not only digs into the economic potential of placing a veteran into employment, but how regional resources are supporting veterans through educational opportunities, and workforce development.
To kick off the "Sound of Ideas" program today, we'll look at the report and how the veteran population can transition from military service, to civilian employment.
Stick around, as later in the hour, we visit Hudson and hear from a veteran who's Memorial Day speech last year was cut short.
And another episode of our podcast "Shuffle," plus we remember a longtime public servant, Bill Denihan, who passed away this week.
-Jacob Duritsky, Vice President of Strategy and Research, Team NEO
-Retired Lt. Col. Barney Kemter
-Amanda Rabinowitz, Host, All Things Considered and Shuffle
-Jamie Vitullo, drummer, Spirit of the Bear
-William Denihan, Former Safety Director and Director of Public Services, City of Cleveland
-Mike McIntyre, Executive Editor, Ideastream Public Media