Veterans reintegrating into the workforce

Career Issues for Veterans

Readjusting to civilian life after multiple tours

  • Translatable skills for resumes
  • No network of businesses and social contacts

Not getting proper medical and psycological counseling

  • 1 out 3 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD, TBI, or combination due to combat trauma
  • It is up to them to seek the help and often it is not easy to find
  • There is a backlog of 1.2 million claims at the VA
  • 1/3 of all homeless citizens in America are Veterans

Career Resources for Veterans

  • Jobs Thesaurus- Helps finds descriptions to your military experience (www.taonline.com/jobsaurus/*)
  • VetNet - Workforce preparation and training (www.vetnethq.com)
  • USAJobs - all federal employment listings ( www.usajobs.gov)
  • US Department of States has a program called Operation Warfighter and Veterans Employment Initiative ( Only for DC area)
  • Teaching? - Troops to Teachers
  • Construction? - Helmets to Hardhats
  • Environment? - Veterans Green Jobs
  • UA's Veterans in Piping Program (VIP)
  • Financial? - Wall Street Warfighters Foundation

VA Services for Employment

  • Veteran Employment Services Office
  • Compensated Work Therapy
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services (VR&E)

Student Veterans of America - Coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses to provide veterans with resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation ( www.studentveterans.org)

Effectiveness of Programs

  • 49% of Veterans reported problems participating in community activities
  • 42% problems in getting along with spouse or partner
  • 25% problems in getting and keeping a job
  • 52% difficulty in controlling anger and depression
  • 35% dangerous driving
  • 20% legal problems

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