CHAPTER 1What You Get When You Hire a Vet

EVERY YEAR THOUSANDS OF U.S. MILITARY VETERANS enter the civilian job market. In fact, the Department of Veterans Affairs projects that more than one million service members will transition out of the military by 2014. As an undertapped source of talent, this segment of the work-force warrants a closer look.

As soldiers (Army term), sailors (Navy term), airmen (Air Force term), Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have been returning from combat, there is a lot in the news about their challenges related to finding civilian employment and to coming back with certain war-related disabilities, both physical and psychological. In parallel, we’re hearing a lot about civilian employers demonstrating a spirit of patriotism ...

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