Nebraska: The Good Life for Veterans

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We’ve written about veterans and manufacturing jobs here on our blog before, but with so many open jobs (and so many veterans in need of jobs), we thought we’d spend a moment today highlighting a movement that we think you should know about.

The Good Life for Veterans is a state-led recruiting campaign to get more veterans to come to Nebraska to live and work. Though they’re doing a lot of marketing across the state, one of their most important recruiting materials is their site, which is home to all sorts of information about why Nebraska really is a great place to live and work.

A few key facts about Nebraska?

  • Better quality of life: Financial network CNBC ranks Nebraska as one of America’s best five states for quality of life.
  • Lower cost of living: MarketWatch.com concludes that Nebraska’s affordability “can bolster peace of mind,” as the median home costs just over $120,000.
  • Career opportunities statewide: Nebraska’s jobless rate currently sits at 3.7% — one of the very lowest in the country. Yet job openings are plentiful statewide. If you want to work hard and earn a good living, you will be able to do so in Nebraska.
  • New benefits for military veterans: A new Nebraska law (LB987) exempts a portion of military retirement pay for recently retired veterans. Another new law (LB740) allows veterans who have separated from the military within the past two years to be eligible for in-state tuition at Nebraska’s state colleges and university. This benefit also extends to immediate family members, including spouses and children.

We definitely recommend browsing the full site for more great info.

We really like what this campaign is seeking to do–and it hits particularly close to home because of how good of a fit veterans are for the many manufacturing jobs open in the state today.

As a matter of fact, here are a few manufacturing-related jobs open in Nebraska right now, via the Stars and Stripes Veteran Job Center:

  • Machine Shop Supervisor at Flowserve, Inc. in Hastings, Nebraska; Focusing of the Machine Shop teams to manufacture a quality product on time at a competitive cost as well as to continually upgrade the organization to better serve industrial, intercompany, ag and third party customers
  • Shipping/Receiving Clerk at John Crane in Columbus, Nebraska; Responsible for shipping and receiving materials, supplies, and equipment
  • Cable Technician at General Dynamics Information Technology at Offut AFB, Nebraska; Performs installation, maintenance and repair of telecommunications systems

Those are just a few of the many manufacturing jobs available in the state. If you come to (or even just stop by) Nebraska, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the opportunities available across the state. Plus, it really is just a great place to live. As far as we’re concerned, Nebraska really is all about the good life, for veterans and civilians alike.

For more information on living and working in Nebraska as a veteran, see thegoodlifeforveterans.com, visit our contact us page, or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook! We’d love to answer any questions you may have and give you more information about working in the state.

Photo credit: The Good Life for Veterans