Top Five Reasons to Hire a Veteran by Renowned Eye Surgeon Dr. Stewart Shofner

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Today’s competitive job market is filled with qualified candidates trying to land that next big opportunity with reputable employers. Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville shares the top five reasons companies should hire a Veteran.

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They are dependable, well trained, and very disciplined.

Companies today are running leaner than ever due to current economic struggles to stay profitable and continue to grow. “Most employers should be eager to hire veterans. They are dependable, well trained, and very disciplined,” says Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN. “Do not let the incidences of PTSD among veterans negatively influence your decision to hire Veterans. I believe, and the statistics confirm, that Veterans make some of the best workers in our economy," says Dr. Kevin Johnson.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, last year there were 21.2 million veterans. Since 2006, veteran unemployment has averaged a full point below the national unemployment rate, which is currently averaging around 7.3%. Dr. Shofner shares the top five reasons why employers should hire a veteran.

1.    Efficiency. Service members were trained to accomplish more tasks in minimal time. They adapt to a faster past environment than most civilians and have strong time-management skills and complete tasks and make decisions in high-pressure environments.

2.    Diversity. Working closely with individuals who have a wide array of cultural backgrounds, religion, and geographic origins has allowed service men and women to gain strong interpersonal skills, which is a building block of building corporate relationships.

3.    Accountability. Veterans adhere to company policies and procedures and understanding that organizational skills are the key to being successful. Service Members are trained to be responsible and accountable for their actions, while respecting the decisions and procedures put into place by their superiors.

4.    Diverse Skillsets. The rigorous training programs Service Members complete expand their skills and competence levels. The ability to learn new skills and apply them appropriately has been proven to enhance productivity in a workplace.

5.    Technologically Advanced. Our US Military applies the latest technologies and advancements needed to keep our country safe. Service Members are introduced to these new technologies and must stay abreast of new advancements in both public and private sector.

Some military occupational specialties, such as infantry, may not translate easily to civilian occupations. “There is always a place, however, for well disciplined, dedicated people in any organization,” says Dr. Shofner. Veterans are more apt to continue their education, explore all opportunities and seek assistance from organizations such as DAV.org.

About Shofner Vision Center
Dr. Shofner's father was a highly decorated Marine General who participated in more combat than any Marine officer in WWII. He also led the one of the few successful escape from a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Dr. Kevin Johnson is active in the US Air Force Reserves. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force F-16 "Top Eye" program, and participated in the Air Force evaluation of PRK/LASIK for Air Force Academy Cadets and Pilots. Both Dr. Shofner and Dr. Johnson are extremely committed to giving back to our Servicemen and Servicewomen and their families who sacrifice so much for our country.

Services for Military
Shofner Vision Center offers special LASIK programs for Wounded Warriors providing free LASIK for any Serviceman or Servicewoman who has trouble with glasses or contacts because of a lost limb while in combat. Dr. Shofner also offers very affordable vision correction surgery prices for Veterans, Reservists, and Active Duty Servicemen and Servicewomen and their families.

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