January 9, 2013 - The full reintegration of military service members back into society through education, training and civilian employment opportunities is a stated goal of the U.S. government, policy makers and many public and private institutions. Still, in December of 2012, the unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — some 2,544,000 men and women — was 10.8%, compared to 7.5% across the entire civilian population. For female veterans, the unemployment rate was 15.7% in December 2012. Overall, this means that at the end of 2012, there were 226,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans without jobs.
Generally speaking, the rate of unemployment for veterans of America’s recent wars (often referred to in government data as “Gulf War era II” veterans) has fallen slightly, but for those who are without jobs, such statistics mean little. Officials and media reports have often referred to “crisis” levels of unemployment among certain segments of the recent veterans population, and many National Guard service members face particular difficulties.
The federal government and Department of Defense have deployed a range of methods to help veterans find and qualify for jobs. The post-9/11 G.I. Bill seeks to facilitate retraining, while the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warriors work opportunity tax credits pay businesses between $2,400 and $9,600 to hire veterans. read more>>>