Young Veterans Face Resistance from Employers
Unemployment among male veterans aged 18 to 24 was 28.3 percent in the second quarter of 2011, up from 21.9 percent for all of last year, the latest indicator of the challenge young service members must confront after serving their country.
Male veterans aged 25 to 34 are doing better, averaging 14.5 percent unemployment in the second quarter, compared to 9.5 percent of non-veterans in that age group.
In response, the Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a website connecting veterans and employers and a new program linking counselors and veterans at eight college campuses. Officials also are trying to find better ways for military personnel to present their experience to civilian employers, reported Reuters.
Some military specialties don’t translate well to the civilian sector. Service members in certain positions, such as medics, have a difficult time finding work because their certifications aren’t recognized by state authorities, according to the story.