Even when veterans return home from service, they face a number of challenges. One of those is finding quality jobs. Unlike civilians, veterans typically have to deal with certain employment issues. According to the Center for a New American Security and Military.com, these include:
- Negative stereotypes that make employers less comfortable about hiring veterans.
- Poor skill translations from the field to the workroom.
- Difficulty finding veteran-focused hiring programs.
"Young veterans who were returning from duty in Afghanistan and Iraq – had difficulty finding jobs."
A 2014 RAND report commissioned for the Office of the Secretary of Defense found that veterans aged 18-24 who were returning from duty in Afghanistan and Iraq had difficulty finding jobs. In 2011, 29 percent of these veterans were unemployed.
While the researchers did note this percentage failed to consider a number of other factors, it still paints a dark picture when talking about a young veteran's ability to find a quality job compared to his or her non-veteran counterparts. In general, the unemployment rate for young veterans is, according to the source, still higher than young non-veterans.
To curb this employment problem, Military Times reported that one state – Ohio – has introduced a new online registry to help veterans search for companies looking to hire them. Vets can use the system to find businesses that have a preference policy to retain, promote or hire veterans, as well as their spouses or surviving spouses, Military Times noted.
Some people doubt the service because they think it has limitations, but others, such as Harry Prestanski, executive director of Ohio Veterans United and a Vietnam veteran, believe that it's a good start.