Written by Kittie W. WatsonMichael PerryBecky Ripley and Randy Chittum was published on the Harvard Business Review‘s website on July 11, 2017.

Companies looking to hire and retain veterans need to proactively address communication and language gaps between military and corporate America. They should educate managers, recruiters, and leaders about military culture and language; design a specific onboarding and integration program for that addresses language differences; help veterans establish and sustain connections within the organization through employee resources groups and mentoring; and because mission and meaning are so important in the military, find ways to connect everyday responsibilities to overall organizational purpose.