There are millions of great workers in the United States, but Ridgecrest’s workforce is very different.

WorkforceNowhere in the world is a better trained workforce standing at the ready. With Naval Air Warfare Center –China Lake, Fort Irwin Military Reservation, Edwards Air Force Base and Twenty-Nine Palms Marine Corps Base, there are more military personnel living and discharged within two hundred miles of Ridgecrest than anywhere on the planet.

From piloting aircraft to construction to driving heavy machinery to cooking food, these men and women of the US military represent the world’s finest workforce. The skills that these American Heroes learn in the military run the gamut. Most importantly, they learn dedication to duty, attention to detail and a commitment to excellence.

With reasonable housing prices, huge expanses of outdoor activities and access to the Los Angeles metro area, hundreds of thousands of Sailors, Marines, Airmen, Soldiers and Coast Guardsmen live in Ridgecrest and nearby. Each and every one is willing to work had for your company’s success.

Not only is hiring US veterans the right thing to do, but the State of California and the US government offer thousands of dollars per employee in tax incentives and cash payments for companies that employ military veterans.

Here is a quote from a California Department of Veteran Affairs memo (Feb. 8, 2012):

Tax Benefits and Other Incentives Available

The federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, for example, is based on a percentage, ranging from 25% to 40%, of qualified first-year wages. Maximum eligible credits may be as high as $2,400 for hiring a qualified veteran and up to $9,600 for hiring a veteran with service-connected disabilities.

Other state and federal benefits for hiring veterans may include:

State-level hiring credits: $37,000 (over five years) California Enterprise Zone tax credit for employers hiring certain economically challenged employees, including veterans;

Training funds, tuition reductions, and military pay exemptions;

Federal Mentor-Protégé Program: Allows certain government contractor reimbursements for training/incidental costs associated with training physically challenged veterans.

According to the Corporate Taxation Insider, which offers more detailed information about the tax benefits of hiring veterans, the process for documenting these state and federal tax benefits is fairly straightforward for the certified public accountant or taxpayer. In addition, systems can be set up to allow the employer to pre-screen the employees before they are hired in order to streamline the documentation process and maximize the hiring credit.

CalVet also notes that depending on the nature of their service, veterans who separated from military service after 9/11 may be entitled to five years of free health care through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. –

Hiring Veterans makes great business sense and benefits all Americans.
Ridgecrest has the ex-military workforce to help you succeed like never before.