Vets prepared to contribute in civilian work settings.

Every year, communities nationwide honor their military veterans in schools, parades and at other community events,

Americans also can and should pay tribute to veterans in the workplace.

A number of initiatives help encourage employers to give veterans an opportunity. Many states, Kansas included, have had "Hire a Veteran Month" and other efforts to raise awareness of the importance of putting vets to work.

Such ventures harken back to the 1944 signing of the GI Bill by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who knew American servicemen and women needed the assurance of satisfactory employment upon their return to civilian life.

More recently, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan created many new veterans who joined legions of vets from other wars. The Sunflower State alone reportedly is home to nearly 250,000 military veterans of various wars.

Of those vets in Kansas and beyond, far too many face serious challenges in health-care problems, stalled disability payments and difficulty finding housing.

Simply landing a job can be a tough task.

With that in mind, let's hope an event Thursday in Garden City helps local employers to include a good number that have struggled to fill their own ranks with skilled workers can make a connection during a job fair.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and American Legion will present "Hiring Our Heroes Garden City," a job fair for veterans and military spouses of all ages from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the local American Legion post, 405 S. Main St.

Veterans who gave so much in service to their country deserve assistance that helps them return to the civilian world. Good jobs are an important start.

Employers who plan to participate in the local job fair should know the skills learned in the military are valued in many workplaces. Businesses and other organizations have benefited from veterans' ability to work under pressure, manage teams and operate technical equipment. Vets' discipline and work ethic also are proven difference-makers.

Hiring a veteran is a terrific tribute and show of support for those who served. It's also, as many employers have found, a smart business decision.