Gov. Jay Nixon announced a new veterans’ jobs program for the state of Missouri in his “State of the State” speech last week. The program known as Show Me Heroes asks employers to pledge to hire veterans and will post listings of job openings in conjunction with the Missouri Career Source and Career Centers.

The website (www.showmeheroes.mo.gov/ )will showcase veterans’ qualifications and list job openings within the state. Many employers are not aware of some of the assets that a veteran can bring to a company. There are also a variety of benefits such as tax credits that employers may be able to take advantage of.

Employers designated as “Show-Me Heroes” acknowledge the burdens and sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces in order to preserve our national security. They also recognize that many of these veterans, in addition to current members of the National Guard and Reserve, are seeking work with Missouri employers and possess the training, education, motivation, and character that are vital in today’s workforce.

“Show-Me Heroes” employers pledge to:

• Reach out to Missouri’s veterans and members of our National Guard and Reserve in order to provide employment in Missouri’s workforce.

• Take full advantage of Show-Me Heroes to effectively match qualified veterans and members of our National Guard and Reserve who are seeking employment with appropriate job openings.

• Provide increased employment interview occasions and enhanced hiring opportunities to our veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve of the Great State of Missouri.

Veterans may also access info related to “Show Me Heroes” by contacting their regional Missouri Career Center. Here in Franklin County the contact information is:

Missouri Career Center, 1108 Washington Square Shopping Center, Washington, MO 63090. ph. Mac McPherson@ 1-636-239-6703 or email mac.mcpherson@ded.mo.gov