According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2010, young male veterans,
ages 18 to 24, who served during the Gulf War II era, including those who have served
at any time since September 2001, had an unemployment rate of 21.9 percent (significantly
higher than the national average- at nearly double the rate).
When you think of the brave men and women who valiantly serve our country, it is
hard to imagine anything but a joyous, prosperous return for them upon completion
of their service. You would imagine that they would come back, be able to use the
Post 9/11 GI Bill to earn, or finish earning their college educations and find jobs
fairly easily, but for many, that is simply not the reality.
An unemployed veteran is not an anomaly; in fact, during the recent recession, veterans
and unemployment are sadly words that you’ll often here in the same sentence.