n VETERANS He says the veterans who come to him do so not only with technical skills on how to build or fly an aircraft, but with the willingness to work on a team yet be a self-starter, plan and self-as- sess their work and inspire others to follow. “I have a bias for veterans,” Hawkins says. “They are patriots, sacrifice, work SALUTING VETERANS Barth Daly LLP A PROUD VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS, SALUTING VETERANS EVERYWHERE T homas Barth, a proud veteran, graduated from West Point and received his law degree from Georgetown University. During 12 years of active duty in the U.S. Army and 8 years in the California Army National Guard, he served as a JAG Corps attorney. Barth honed his litigation skills after coming to the Sacramento legal community in 1991. He founded his own firm in 2007, Barth Daly LLP. Tom serves private clients and public entities in areas of business law, civil litigation and government law. “I credit my military experience for my career success,” says Tom Barth. “Leadership and fairness “I take great pride in my work, I am dedicated to helping others and I am thankful for the military service that has shaped my life and career.” THOMAS BARTH are extremely important lessons from the military, and they are guiding principles for my practice of law and in my personal life. Sometimes that requires standing up for the ‘little guy,’ regardless of the wealth and power of the opponent.” In his spare time, Barth serves as one of three justices appointed to the California Courts-Martial Appellate Panel, and serves on the board for the Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District. 60 comstocksmag.com | November 2018 Barth Daly LLP 2810 Fifth Street Davis, CA 95618 916.440.8600 Barth-Daly.com hard, have a high values system and work under pressure.” In California, honorably discharged veterans are bumped to the top of the hir- ing list for state jobs, known as the veteran preference. The same preference is given to veterans applying for a federal gov- ernment job. Last year, 12,251 veterans worked for state government, 5.7 percent of its workforce, according to the Califor- nia Department of Human Resources. Veterans, like other state residents, are finding work in California’s grow- ing economy. The state unemployment rate among veterans dropped from 7.1 percent to 5.8 percent between August 2015 and August 2017, according to the California Employment Development Department. At the Sacramento Veterans Re- source Center, staff work with veterans to help them find jobs — providing them free training to improve their interview and computer skills, teaching them how to write a résumé, go after a job and showcase skills they learned in the military. Most of the time, it’s just about getting a foot in the door, says case man- ager Shane Kunzel. “It’s all about networking,” Kunzel says. “I ask employers to give veterans a chance, to really look at their résumé and get them an introduction.” Of the 700 employees who work at ICON, roughly 10 percent are veterans. The core values of the business — Push, Excel, Lead, Own It and Go For It — are written on the back of ICON’s company ID card. Hawkins says they stem from the lessons he learned in the military. “The core values of ICON are a lot you find in a military fighter,” Hawkins says. “There’s a natural cultural fit for who we are.” n Samantha Young is a journalist who has covered local, state and national poli- tics from Arkansas to Washington D.C. and California. She is a former report- er for the Associated Press. On Twitter @youngsamantha.