Why Aren’t Veterans Getting Hired?

by Nathaniel Botwinick

The Center for a New American Security yesterday released an important study investigating the reasons behind the higher unemployment rates among veterans compared to the general population. It’s possible that up to 17 percent of post-2001 veterans are currently unemployed. Although many companies in the study acknowledged that veterans make excellent employees, there were several reasons for the lack of hiring: concerns regarding the mental health of veterans, problems regarding deployment, and a lack of a streamlined support structure for veteran employment. It is deeply disturbing that the media-inspired perception of the violent, shell-shocked veteran is discouraging hiring. The least we can do to help our veterans is to aid them in their transition into civilian life.

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