In 2014, over 21 million men and women previously served in the U.S. Armed Forces, with estimates of 200,000 service members leaving the military each year, most with the intention of entering into the civilian workforce. Unfortunately, veteran unemployment rates have traditionally been higher than unemployment rates for nonveterans. This has been especially true for women and younger veterans, who face even higher unemployment rates. Although the government offers incentives such as the Veteran Job Corps program and the Small Business Administration to encourage veteran hiring, understanding both the needs and potential benefits of veteran employment is an important step for organizations seeking to diversify and grow their recruiting and employee retention programs.

Challenges for Veterans in the Civilian Workforce

Many factors make it difficult for veterans ...

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