Recently, the issue of Veterans struggling to find employment has been receiving significant attention. While the job market remains difficult for all Americans, there are some steps being taken or at least discussed to aid Veterans in finding jobs. In the Senate, a bill has been referred to the Veterans’ Affairs Committee that would provide more job training, placement services, and small business programs. In Washington state, a local electricians’ union is starting an apprenticeship program, the Veterans in Construction Electrical program, that provide a year of training in just 12 weeks. At least one group of Veterans may be already benefiting from programs such as this, as the unemployment rate for 1991 Gulf War Veterans dropped to 8.1% in April, after rising to 9.7% in 2009.
For more information regarding some of the struggles in obtaining employment and some efforts to combat these issues, see: