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Government to employers:Hire a veteran, receive a tax break

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The Texas unemployment rate continues to decrease, meaning many Texans are finally securing jobs.

As employers begin to hire new help, the Federal government wants companies to take a look at one group, specifically: veterans.

For veterans already in the workforce, the decision to hire one of their own is a no-brainer.

"The service gives you the maturity of when you start out on a project, you focus and stay through until you finish that project," said Navy veteran Tommie Christian.

"The veteran is a lot more motivated," said Army veteran Bob Crow. "They have a better mindset when it comes to work and getting the job done."

While that fact alone may be incentive enough for a company, the government is pitching in yet another: companies looking to hire by the end of December are eligible for tax deductions when hiring qualified veterans.

It's the end of a two year program that aimed to curb the rise of unemployment among those who have served.

"A lot of them coming back to this job market that we have now is not good," said Army veteran Willis Smith. "It's hard to find a job."

Omar Navarro, who is the assistant manager at a Home Depot in Tyler, said a veteran's work ethic is benefit enough to hire them.

"They come in with a strong work ethic," Navarro said. ‘"They're ready to work, they understand that there's a pecking order to get things done so that the store can thrive or the company can thrive."

But for Smith, what's most important is making sure those who serve are given a real chance to transition back into society.

"The veterans, I think, really deserve a leg up coming back because they put out a lot," Smith said. "The veterans of today have probably served longer and more difficult times than even the veterans of World War II. These guys have been out there for three or four tours."

Businesses that do choose to take advantage of the tax credit are eligible to receive up to $9,600 per hired employee.

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