Dave Stancliff As It Stands blog: our Veterans in the news … blogarama.com

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

As It Stands blog: our Veterans in the news …

         Good Day World!

Today I thought I’d share some veteran’s news…just because. I’ve gleaned a sampling of stories and articles for you: A Summary of Veteran’s Employment SituationThe unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001--a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans-declined by 2.2 percentage points to 9.9 percent in 2012, the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Read article here) An Online College Guide for Veterans Earning a degree today can be costly and time intensive. This is especially true for veterans, many of whom had to forego higher education to spend years serving our country abroad.Sometimes attending a brick-and-mortar university may not be a practical option for veterans. Many service members may find themselves with little time to commit to a full-time college education following discharge. Fortunately, online colleges are excellent options for veterans who wish to earn or complete their degree without having to sacrifice their obligations at home. (Go here to continue) Homes for veterans: Volunteers build homes on the National Mall A group of veterans is joining forces with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity to build seven homes on the National Mall. Each home they plan to build represents a branch of the military. (Read story here)Unemployment among recent veterans drops sharply Unemployment among recent veterans has fallen sharply and now is the same as for the rest of the U.S. population, hovering just above 7%, new federal statistics show.The figures suggestVeterans job fair that a vexing and stubborn trend of higher joblessness among veterans who left the military after September 2001 has been reversed. It now appears that veterans are being hired at a faster rate than non-veterans.Advocates credited a variety of public and private efforts, including major U.S. corporations beginning to make good on pledges to hire hundreds of thousands of veterans, federal tax incentives for employers and allowances for veterans to receive professional licenses based on their military training. In the second quarter of this year, average unemployment among post-9/11 veterans was 7.4%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is not statistically different from the rate of 7.2% for non-veterans. (Read full story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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