Today is Veteran’s Day. Yesterday, I read that since 2001 more than 2.1 million men and women have returned to civilian life from the wars in the Middle East. I recalled that last year, there was a great deal of focus on creating opportunities for veterans, and can’t think of a better time to assess the impact of that focus. Simply put, have we made progress in providing career opportunities for U.S. veterans? Fortunately, the answer is ‘yes’.
Let’s start with an examination of the numbers:
When presenting national figures, we must note that there are wide variations from state to state. An analysis of jobless rates by state at the end of 2012 reflects the differences among some of the states with the largest veteran populations.
Clearly, programs launched over the past few years are making a difference.
The efforts of the private sector are also noteworthy. Each year, G.I. Jobs publishes a list of companies with leading practices for recruiting and retaining military talent. Thousands of companies compete to be included in the list of “Military Friendly Employers®”. This elite group hired more than 110,000 veterans within the last 12 months.
As we recognize the contributions of our veterans today, let’s keep in mind that one of the best ways to show our gratitude is to provide opportunities for returning veterans to use the skills developed in service to their country as the basis for successful civilian careers.
To learn more about programs available to assist veterans in transitioning to the private sector or pursuing entrepreneurial goals, please check out the blog http://militaryonlinecolleges.org/veteran-entrepreneurship on the Military Online Colleges website.
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