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Veterans Returning from Active Duty Face Challenges in the Workforce

Veterans Returning from Active Duty Face Challenges in the Workforce
Posted May 27th, 2013 @ 6:12am by Stephanie Narvaez

     Memorial Day was not just spent celebrating servicemen and women but it was also spent shedding a light on the importance of hiring a veteran.

     On Saturday, Walmart held a community-wide even at the store down the street from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. It was an event to help show the company’s “commitment to hiring 100,000 veterans.”

     One of the biggest problems veterans face when returning home is the constant challenges living ‘civilian’ lives poses, Mike Haynie, the executive Director of Syracuse University’s Institute of Veterans and Military Families, said.

     “You go through actually being part of the operational military and then imagine one day all of sudden flipping a switch and then one day all of that is supposed to be in the past,” he said.

     Having a job, not only lets veterans support themselves and their familes but it also significantly helps with post traumatic stress disorder, Haynie said.

     “The problem goes beyond putting a wage in their pocket and food on their table,” Haynie said. “Employment gives them that new ‘mission’ and that new sense of organizational attachment once they live their ‘civilian’ life.”

     Transitioning to the work force is extremely difficult, and finding a job that coincides with their work skills can also be a very daunting task for any veteran, Haynie said.

     “Walmart’s commitment [to hiring veterans] is not only important to vets but it also is important to the employer community,” Haynie said. “It sends a message that says 'this is a business decision and it's good business to hire veterans.”

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