OP-ED by David H. Petraeus And Sidney E. Goodfriend
Since 2001, two million men and women have completed tours of service in the U.S. military and returned to civilian life. An additional million will leave the armed forces over the next five years.
Millions of veterans looking for employment prompt us to ask what we can do to help. The obvious response is to get them into the civilian workforce as quickly as possible. But simply providing a job may not be the optimal solution—because the issue for these men and women isn't just jobs. It's careers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has consistently reported an unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans that is several percentage points higher than the national unemployment rate. Yet even these statistics do not capture the extent of the problem.