The Pentagon may soon be trimming its workforce. What if the private sector isn’t ready to receive the veterans who will soon be looking for work? A new poll shows vets are anxious about this very question. The Washington Post reports:
Among the most striking findings of the Veterans’ Employment Challenges study, released last week, is that 44 percent of veterans participating in the poll said they were not ready to make the transition to civilian life.Veterans facing physical or mental-health issues were twice as likely as others to say they were not ready for the transition. In addition, close to half of those who said they were not ready said they needed more education or technical training. The poll was conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.
Not all veterans are equally vulnerable. Military police, paralegals and helicopter mechanics have civilian counterparts, but some of the common (and dangerous) occupational specialties, such as combat infantry or artillery, struggle to find civilian work which relates to their particular skill set.America needs to do a better job educating all of its young people for the modern workforce, and this is especially true for veterans, to whom the nation owes an enormous debt of gratitude.We hope Via Meadia readers looking to hire will find ways to give vets a chance. They deserve it.