A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 28, 2015
“Your best bet is a vet” (military veterans saying)

A popular saying urging the hiring of military veterans rhymes “vet” with “bet.” “Your Best Bet Is To Help a Vet” was cited in a newspaper in 1955. “Your Best Bet—Hire a Vet” was a popular ad in several newspapers in 1971.

“Your best bet is a Vet” was cited in print in 1974.


21 October 1955, Nederland (TX) Midcounty Review, pg. 16, col. 3 ad:
Will Haul
Shell-Sand Fill-Dirt Top Soil
Your Best Bet Is
To Help a Vet

T. M. Boudreaux

10 March 1971, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 5-B, col. 6 ad:
YOUR BEST BET
HIRE A VET
PHONE 225-1711

8 August 1971, Sunday Herald Traveler (Boston, MA), sec. 8, pg. 2, col. 4 classified ad:
JOBS FOR VETERANS
YOUR BEST BET—HIRE A VET

7 August 1974, The Evening Times (Trenton, NJ), pg. 37, col. 3 classified ad:
LIGHT HAULING—Cleaning and odd jobs. You best bet is a Vet. Free estimates. Call 396-0559, anytime.

9 April 1980, State Times, “Action, Please!,” pg. 3-A, col. 5:
What happened to that old saying, “your best bet is to hire a vet?”—A.D.F.

Google Groups: DV-L
RE: [DV-L] Re: DV-L message board?
Jay
9/10/04
(...)
Your best bet is to hire a vet!

Twitter
Phil Patton
‏@GetYourITstart
All you business owners everywhere, your ‘best bet’ is to hire a vet. They are disciplined, smart ,hard workers.
8:04 AM - 11 Nov 2009

Veterans in Film & Television
Post Date: Saturday June 28, 2014
YOUR BEST BET IS A VET!
By BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN
Last week, I attended a presentation on Working with Veterans.  Despite the best intentions of the organizers, it seemed that a few people in the audience may have gotten an unintentionally inaccurate and negative impression of our former military personnel.  As a veteran of Afghanistan myself and an active member of Veterans in Film and Television, it’s important to me to help correct that misconception.

Fort Hood (TX) Sentinel
New Fort Hood apprenticeship program gives vets head start
EMAIL PRINT SHARE By Dave Conrad, Fort Hood Public Affairs
OCTOBER 29, 2015 | NEWS
(...)
Soldiers will complete the four-week program not only with valuable career skills, but also a job offer from Stevens.

“There’s an old saying, ‘The best bet is a vet,’” Frey said. “We’re very thankful for our veterans and their service, and we thought this was a great way to take care of veterans exiting the service.”

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, October 28, 2015 • Permalink