Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How Military Relocation Works When Hiring Transitioning Veterans


One of the many cost benefits of hiring veterans is that typically, companies don’t have to pay for relocation for a newly hired transitioning veteran. Each branch of the military pays the final relocation costs for its service members, resulting in several thousand dollars in cost savings per hire.
Most veterans enjoy relocation assistance at government expense within 180 days of separation for their final move. This relocation assistance depends on discharge and includes time and geographic limits. Below are the guidelines for what service members receive:
- Involuntary separation, honorable discharge: They may be moved anywhere within the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) or their home of record outside the U.S. within one year of their separation date.

- Voluntary separation, honorable discharge: They may be moved to their home of record or the place they were called to active duty (or an equal or lesser distance) within 180 days of their separation date.

- General discharge (under honorable conditions): They may be moved to their home of record or the place they were called to active duty (or an equal or lesser distance) within 180 days of their separation.
The military will also pay for the veteran to put their belongings into storage for up to a full year at no cost, which is especially useful if a training program is required in a different location than where the candidate will ultimately work.
Hiring a veteran makes sense on many levels, and military relocation is just one of the cost benefits companies realize by recruiting veterans. Click here to read about more potential savings.

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