The statistics are clear and the results are potentially devastating, not only to the soldiers in question, but to every American who relies upon the protection of a volunteer Armed Force. Not only are the unemployment rates for RSS (Recently Separated Servicemen) at or over 20%, perhaps more shocking is the higher percentage of RSS who wind up with a job whose wages are under the poverty line. We’re breaking a fundamental promise to the men and women who serve this country, and if we don’t fix it, we’re going to have more than a big problem.
A shortage of tradesmen is bad. A shortage of soldiers is worse.
By Josh Funk
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Mark Major once led a team of soldiers in combat in Iraq. Now he leads a team of railroad employees. The difference, he says, is obvious: “I’m not getting shot at anymore.” Read More...
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of up to $5 million to fund 16 or more Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families grants. Approximately 1,900 veterans will receive job training and related services to help them succeed in civilian careers.
New program gives vets jobs, makes schools safer
New Department of Defense initiative Troops to Teachers is quickly becoming a win-win program for veterans and schools, as qualified service members get trained as teachers and create a safer environment for public schools. NBC’s Craig Melvin reports. Read More...