According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 war veterans nationwide dipped below 10 percent in June. That’s a decrease from the 13 percent unemployment rate from last June. Luckily, there have been several initiatives and programs recently launched to help veterans find employment.
Last March, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Chamber Foundation launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and their spouses find employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 220 hiring fairs in 48 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. It’s help more than 10,400 people land jobs.
President Barack Obama has also spearheaded legislation to help veterans find jobs. In November of last year, the president signed into law the Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which provides businesses that hire unemployed veterans with a credit of up to $5,600 per veteran.
USA Cares, Inc., a national nonprofit provides financial and advocacy support to post-9/11 military and their families, and recently partnered with 3C Network to offer veterans free training for sales as a roof contractor. The online training typically runs for about $300, but the partnership between USA Cares and 3C will aim to bring well-paying jobs to the nation’s vets.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, or the VA, is a strong resource for veterans looking to work internally for the VA, or looking to obtain federal government or civilian jobs. VA Jobs offers several search engines for veterans looking for employment.
Job searchers can also post resumes through Vetjobs.com, sign up for updates through newsletters and use the site’s free Career Advisor service to be matched with compatible jobs.
Veterans Jobs, at veterans.jobs, is updated daily with only verified, open jobs at top companies located throughout the country.
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