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Veteran Unemployment Afghanistan

VOW to Hire Our Heroes

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Lost in the headlines about the mind-numbing debt ceiling debate and Japan's Women's World Cup victory, the unemployment rate for new veterans jumped to 13.3 percent in June, 4 percent higher than the national average. In real numbers, that's only about 260,000 new veterans struggling to find work. That's a number small enough that if our nation really focused on it, we could make a real dent. It is up to Congress to legislate employment assistance for vets. And it is up to our president to make the case that hiring a veteran is more than just charity, it's a smart business investment.