Veterans Face Hurdles Returning to Workforce

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Soldiers look over a list of attributes about veterans in the civilian workplace during a Transition Assistance Program class on August 2, 2010 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images/Getty)

The military ads we see on television often claim that enlisted men and women have the opportunity to gain valuable job skills while serving our country. Whether the dream is to be an engineer or a journalist, the promise is that the military can help that dream to come true. But are these promises real? And what do real veterans face when trying to find work?

Dr. Casi Crockett has some ideas. Crockett is the administrative director of Stand Down, and works with veterans returning from completing their service: vets who are looking for jobs in an economy with a 9.6 percent unemployment rate.

Takeaway work and personal finance contributor Beth Kobliner also joins us with statistics and tips for military men and women.

Also, check out Beth's list of helpful links for veterans:

 

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Hire Heroes USA (http://www.hireheroesusa.org/index.php): non-profit that offers
career help to returning vets; specializing in injured/disabled vets.
Helmets to Hardhats (http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/): helps vets transition to
work in construction
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RecruitMilitary: Features large job database and also hosts job expos for vets (https://
www2.recruitmilitary.com/)
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American Corporate Partners: free career counseling and mentoring to recent vets from
corporations and universities including GE, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, Bloomberg, and
others. http://www.acp-usa.org/
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Department of Labor’s VETS (Veterans’ Employment & Training Service) program
provides resources and training to help veterans find employments. http://
www.dol.gov/vets/
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The Department of Veterans Affairs VetSucess program (vetsuccess.gov)
Check state/local government resources, too. Brand-new example: Florida Department
of Veterans Affairs new website http://veterans.employflorida.com
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Very comprehensive list of other organizations provided by the Call of Duty Endowment,
a nonprofit that raises awareness of veteran employment issues and funds various
job placement and training efforts: http://www.callofdutyendowment.org/resources/
employment-training/

 

 

 

Guests:

Dr. Casi Crockett and Beth Kobliner

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Jen Poyant

Comments [1]

DG from Brooklyn

the tag 'vets' shd probably be changed to 'veterans,' since the former has only this story and the latter already has 10+ stories

Sep. 28 2010 12:21 AM

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