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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Unemployment Rate Gap between Civilians, Veterans Resists Intervention

  • October 17, 2011
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The elevated unemployment rate for veterans who have left the military in the past decade has been difficult to combat despite a variety of recent initiatives.

Veterans would seem to possess many of the skills employers value — leadership, teamwork and the ability to operate independently — yet companies continue to overlook military veterans, reports the Washington Post. The trick is matching the skills and experience service members obtained in the military to civilian needs.

“There is not a great deal of knowledge with corporate America on a lot of the skill sets that come from the military,” said the vice president for a recruiting service specializing in veterans.

As a result, some question whether incentives, such as the proposal in the president’s jobs plan to offer companies a tax credit of up to $9,600 for each unemployed veteran hired, will work.

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