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Veterans treated poorly

Once the parades are over – and for most, the wars as well – veterans hope to return to their civilian lives. Younger veterans, like reservists who put in one or more tours of duty in Iraq or Afghanistan, maybe even the Balkans, have every reason to expect to take their old jobs back, if they want them. The law says they’re entitled.

So why was the unemployment rate for veterans between the ages of 20 and 24 a staggering 10.4 percent (compared with 3.8 percent for all veterans and 4.6 percent for all civilian workers)? Veterans are supposed to emerge from the military better skilled, more versatile and better trained to do various jobs. That’s how the Army sells itself to young recruits: “The Army prepares you to be your best. That includes expert training in any of over 150 careers.” Employers should be glad to have a reservist on staff. …

… Soldiers are ordered onto battlefields and celebrated in Main Street parades, but when it comes to ensuring their health or their jobs once they return home, they’re the Pentagon’s forgotten cause. They’ve served. They’re being poorly served in return.

– The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal

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