Friday, November 09, 2012

Veterans Day Observation

We set aside November 11, 2012 as a day to express our gratitude for the men and women who serve in our nation's military. Most of us realize that without their willingness to step out to the front lines, our lives here at home would be entirely different.

Less appreciated are the challenges military personnel face once they come home.  Good jobs are hard to find and even harder for people whose military duties are not easily translated to civilian life.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that unemployment among veterans is now 6.3% and for those who have served since 2001, the jobless rate is 10.0%.
I once had a brokerage client whose job it was to load bombs onto air craft.  He joked that without him and his commrades, the U.S. Air Force was just another airline.  There is not a big demand for bomb handlers back in Iowa where he was from, but it seems there could be some means to map this veteran's skillsets to commerce.  After all without him, the U.S. would not be greatest beacon of freedom and self-determination the world has yet seen.

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