Speaking to an employer about PTSD can be intimidating, but doing so can be a positive experience, if done correctly. Read our new blog to learn some tips!
Veteran hiring has become a big topic for employers over the last five years. 2014 saw a record low of the U.S. veteran unemployment rate for the last eight years, with job opportunities opening up particularly within federal contracting companies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this has continued to drop and businesses are beginning to recognize the value veterans can bring to their business objectives. We take a look at some of the unique qualities that veterans can bring...
As most veterans are acutely aware, all separating military service members will receive a government issued DD-214 discharge paper when officially leaving the service and returning to civilian status. Most military enlisted members are typically bound to completing a term of enlistment. However, there are other ways of voluntary or involuntarily separating from active-duty military status, including separating prior to completing a typical 4-year term enlistment obligation.
Homelessness among military veterans is a growing problem and a prominent national issue that is widely viewed as shameful and preventable to most Americans. The 2012 Annual Homeless Assessment report (prepared by HUD) estimates that there were more than 62,619 homeless veterans on a single night during January in the United States.
Dr. Philip S. Wang, of the National Institute of Mental Health Alliance for Research Progress in Bethesda, MD states, "Some data is emerging that employer interventions can improve productivity and reduce employee turnover ..."
A recent PEW study titled, "The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life," surveyed 1,853 male and female 'post 9/11' veterans to discover their perspectives on the level of difficulty associated with transitioning and readjusting from the military to civilian life. The results of the study produced some startling data...
More veterans are utilizing VA and medical facilities to help treat some catastrophic battlefield conditions and regain functionality for basic ambulatory functions such as walking, holding and placing objects, along with sight functions. Many medical innovators are discovering more creative and technological ways to help restore a person's ability to live a somewhat 'normal' and comfortable lifestyle after combat.
There is a sea of information relating to how service members can translate their skills to the civilian workforce and improve their resumes. The information can be confusing and conflicting; colleges, employers, and placement advocacy entities all have different, if not contradicting, information.
As America is coming out of the two longest wars in its history the government is working to bring down the unemployment rates of veterans. Agencies are working to ensure employers are adhering to proper regulations related to the recruitment and hiring of veterans along with other groups. Veterans Service Organizations have grown tenfold as well yet unemployment remains high for those who have served.
This past Fourth of July holiday, I brought my family with me to visit Philadelphia for a weekend of good food, tourism, patriotism, entertainment and fireworks displays.