This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
On this Veterans Day, take a moment to thank past and present military men and women for their service.
That gratitude likely will be appreciated. But what they might appreciate even more is a job.
The economy’s been tough on many Americans, with unemployment stalled at about 9.6 percent. It’s been even worse for many U.S. military veterans transitioning to civilian life. They’re facing a record jobless rate of 11.8 percent.
Those leaving active-duty military service aren’t the only ones experiencing employment challenges. National Guard and reservists coming home from sometimes multiple deployments often find that their jobs no longer exist because their employer has downsized or gone out of business. Others are finding that some employers are reluctant to hire someone who might be called up again.
In times past, being a veteran was something positive to list on a job application. Now some vets aren’t mentioning their military service; they perceive an anti-veteran bias – particularly against service members who have been deployed to war zones, due to widely publicized mental health issues experienced by some. Read more »