By Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Four local companies received the Flag of Freedom award for efforts to hire returning veterans.

Boxes, Inc., Jost Chemical Co., Metro Manufacturing and Securitas Security Services were honored during a ceremony at St. Louis City Hall Tuesday morning.

Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tommy Sowers says these companies have helped veterans gain a foothold in the workforce.

“What we’re seeing is that veterans are being employed at a greater rate than the general population and that’s been the case for 70 of the last 72 months,” he says.

Sowers adds that military veterans bring a lot to the table for new employers.

“They [veterans] can work well on teams. They can focus on missions. They can adapt to changing environments,” he says. “And especially for veterans that I served with, that’s what I saw out in the field.”

He says a major development was the adoption of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which is about to register its one-millionth beneficiary.


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