There is an ongoing effort to reduce joblessness among veterans and their spouses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring veteran job fairs across the country. For a large number of our returning soldiers, finding a full-time job seems to be a great conflict as they have already fought the biggest battle overseas. Once the homecoming cheers, hugs and kisses are over, another battle begins.
According to the United States Department of Labor, veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, are experiencing a 12.1 percent unemployment rate, with young male vets under the age of 25 suffering an astounding 29.1 percent unemployment rate. The job fairs offer hope as they will increase from 100 to 400 fairs this year nationwide.
The Chamber of Commerce partnered with NBC Universal to host
Hiring our Heroes. So far, 5,000 employers have hired more than 8,000 returning veterans. For more on Hiring our Heroes, an initiative from NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that aims to get veterans back into the work force, go to that website. Sign-up will be continuously held at many military bases.