Recognize Veterans' Assets inWworkforce

July 2, 2012

Summer carries with it a spirit of patriotism. Whether it's backyard barbecues or Fourth of July parades and fireworks, the season seems infused with a sense that we're lucky to be free.

We have veterans to thank for that freedom, and as more and more young men and women return from Iraq and Afghanistan, it's worth looking at how they can better transition from military life to the everyday working world.

While veterans' skills often translate to workplace success, many younger veterans are struggling to find work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans was 12.7 percent in May, compared with a national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.

Experts say there are a variety of reasons for this, ranging from a lack of preparedness for the transition to civilian life to an unwarranted concern by employers that all veterans carry psychological baggage that could lead to on-the-job problems. 

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