Friday, March 12, 2010

Coming Back From the War, and Finding Nothing

They can't find jobs when they get home. They have an extremely high incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The military has not done a good job of providing for their post-combat needs.

Young veterans face steep unemployment

More than 20% ages 18 to 24 can't find work, a problem attributed to a lack of education and job experience before entering the service.

Young combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have another challenge waiting for them when they return home: steep unemployment.

More than 1 in 5 can't find work, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department.

The unemployment rate last year for veterans ages 18 to 24 reached 21.1%, compared to 16.6% for that age group as a whole.

In addition to the recession, veterans groups attribute the high jobless rate to a lack of education, job experience and job training in the years before entering the service. Also, many return home with health and mental health problems that make it difficult to find to complete article

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