Recent Veterans Find Higher Jobless Rates On Return

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Recent Veterans Find Higher Jobless Rates On Return

NPR – The jobless rate has declined a bit in the last year, but among veterans who served in conflict since 2003, it is increasing. The unemployment rate for vets serving since the Iraq war began has risen 1.5 percentage points to more than 12 percent in the past year.

Many veterans say they face a tougher job market than civilians. Tom Tarantino spent a decade in the military, where he served in Iraq and led a platoon. But when he separated from the military in 2007, he spent nearly a year looking for a job.

Tarantino says that although corporate America says it wants to hire vets, so far it’s amounted to little more than talk.

“This is the first generation of business leaders in America that’s largely never served in the military,” he says.

As a result, he says, vets and prospective employers often don’t see eye-to-eye. Tarantino says he once explained to an interviewer that he’d been a company commander in the military, running an organization with 400 employees and three multimillion-dollar budgets.

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