19 Apr The Veteran Unemployment Debacle
A to Z: 26 Issues Transitioning Veterans Are Facing #10
Most people who join the military, do so to take advantage of training, education and development. With that in mind, when they complete their commitment, it could be assumed they would find a job in line with their background. However, this can’t be further from the truth for the majority of service members.
Why is this? Why do we allow those who defended our liberties to suffer this indignation when we have the ability to do more? Sure we have hiring initiatives and mandates to give veterans preference, but is that really enough? Don’t we have an obligation to provide adequate job placements that allow our economy to grow, utilizing the high level of training our tax dollars were benchmarked towards?
Who invests billions of dollars and allows it to depreciate to nothing? Wouldn’t an investor find ways to capitalize on the investment, so it can grow in other areas? Having a diverse portfolio is the ultimate goal of any savvy business person, right?
So when you have thousands of soldiers whom we have invested in and who may have suffered losses of a limb and peace of mind, the very least we can do is provide them a good job, benefits and the opportunity to live the American Dream they fought for – while providing for those they love.
So where is the disconnect? Why have we lost sight of the importance of human capital and economic development from our veteran population? Veterans want to work. They also want accommodations in line with any disability they may have received. The solutions are right in front of us. All we have to do is cut out all the red tape and do the right thing, from a private and public perspective, proving jobs that are accessible without prejudice.