Oklahoma City ranked No. 1 on Best Places for Veterans list

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City metro is ranked No. 1 on the 2015 Best Places for Veterans’ focus on career list. According to a study commissioned by USAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative, many companies in the city seek veterans and their skills. And, the city’s veteran population is an important business recruitment tool.

Delaware Resource Group, an aerospace defense contractor, has about 730 employees, more than 500 of whom are military veterans. DRG’s recruiting staff can recommend another company if it cannot hire a veteran. As we told you earlier, Walmart has hired more than 3,500 veterans in the state since 2013. Love’s Travel Stops offers meaningful jobs and second career for veterans, as do energy companies and hospitals.

The career list surveyed the number of government jobs, the presence of defense contracts, veteran-owned businesses per capita, certification/license transfers, veteran wage growth and small businesses per capita. The study also found that veterans not working for a major company receive a lot of support for being an entrepreneur. The city is ranked at No. 9 on the entrepreneurship list.

Source: The Journal Record

 

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Delores Jackson

Delores Jackson was Director of Corporate Learning for Oklahoma City Community College for eight years, consulting with business leaders to determine the training and develop needs of their employees, designing the programs, and managing a staff of professional trainers. ...