One of the most distressing parts of making the jump from wearing the cloth of the nation back to the civilian world is finding a new way to make a living. Nobody in the military does it for the money (well, nobody I ever met) but money keeps all of us from living in a refrigerator box under an overpass and begging for spare change. Transition is stressful, and with a down economy and the news filled with negative reports about high unemployment and low wages many veterans see unemployment and even poverty as real possibilities once they get out.
Fortunately, there are some really great companies in this nation of ours who have stepped up and pledged to bring veterans on to their rolls. Whether it is from a sense of civic duty, recognition that military folks have skills that employers really want, or simply for the positive press that it generates doesn’t matter. What matters is that firm after firm is opening their doors to veterans.
Good on them, I say. And thank you!