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Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans Have High Unemployment Rates

USA Today reports that 11.2% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are currently unemployed

From the article—

“The economic downturn is hitting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans harder than other workers — one in nine are now out of work — and may be encouraging some troops to remain in the service, according to Labor Department records and military officials.

The 11.2% jobless rate for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are 18 and older rose 4 percentage points in the past year. That’s significantly higher than the corresponding 8.8% rate for non-veterans in the same age group, says Labor Department economist Jim Walker.”

This high unemployment is the thanks we offer as a nation for the service these veterans have offered.

Whether it be children, old folks, or veterans, the widespread expression of public sentiment in our society for any group of people is often the kiss of death. 

We often despise people who remind us of our potential weakness as individuals and who remind us of our obligations to others.

March 27, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. what skills are we setting these fine young people up with to suceed when they get out? What are we doing to help them transistion when they get out? not enough no doubt. what do they want to do? has anyone asked the 11% what mind set they have? do they think they are owed a position they are not skilled or educated to do? I think there are more questions and its not so black and white, i think the same goes for the homeless that have a heavy lean towards vets.
    I think there has to be a better system we can get in place to train and treat and guide our volunteers after their service, At the same time I think there is some deep rooted issues with some of the folks that should have been addressed when they joined and followed up during their service. you can dehumanize and person and then spit them into society and expect results.

    Comment by bill brady | March 28, 2009

  2. You are right that a full scale effort needs to be made to help these folks have the right skills and the right behaviors to be able to hold a job after they leave the service. I find it unlikely that such efforts are now in place.

    With this comment in mind, I will write a letter to the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs later this week and post that letter on this blog.

    Thank you for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | March 28, 2009

  3. i am going to back to the lawless hellhole tomorrow for another week or two of self endurance and gratitude for what i have and want and had. i will try and check in thought the 18 hour days leave me lifeless and worn, talk to you soon.

    Comment by bill brady | March 28, 2009

  4. That is truly sad. These young people are sent off to war, we ask them to sacrifice their lives without giving them the right to ask much questions, and when they come back they can’t even get a decent job? Our government has never treated its soldiers right.

    Comment by Saleema | March 28, 2009

  5. Most young veteran comes out to get entry level jobs. When a young veteran and a young person interview for the same position, the veteran could get canned because he could be view as a bad fit for the work environment. Just look at how young veterans is portray in the HBO series “Generation Kill”. It descried War on Terror vet’s as the Play Station generation, grew up on violence video joining the Marines so they could go kill. This is a grossly miss characterize our servicemen. Either that or they believe most vet’s could have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that could surface anytime.

    Comment by Kin | April 1, 2009

  6. Kin–Thanks for your useful comment. I would not be surprised if veterans are sterotyped in the negative way you describe.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 2, 2009

  7. Thank you so much for your thoughts and speaking up on behalf of us, veterans.

    I started looking for employment back in April and today,6 months and hundreds (literally) of applications later I can’t still have ANY job offers, not even delivering pizza. I did all I could to better myself while in service. I did my bachelors and trying to understand Macro Economics while under mortar attacks can be tricky.

    Sad, but true, part is the economy, and part is the stigma we as soldiers carry in the civilian world. We are not all nuts or violent. Must of us serve out of respect and duty to our loved ones and our nation.

    Please consider this when looking at our resumes, you will get a very LOYAL element in your organization.

    Thank you all for your support.

    Alex Manuel, Belton, Texas

    Comment by Alex Manuel | October 9, 2009

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