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Hope, Courage & Leadership
Statistics show that post-9/11 veterans experience higher rates of unemployment compared to their civilian counterparts. Post-9/11 veterans experience difficulty fitting into the university systems and drop-out rates are not declining. This is the 1% that never did their job with the expectation of getting news media worthy recognition. Today, they simply ask for acknowledgement of their leadership experiences and skill set that they fulfilled in a set timeframe and binding contract with their employer: the U.S. government. This is commonly overlooked in the education and employment spheres, in the same homeland where these men and women laced up their boots each day to protect.
The 99% of Americans are needed even more today than they were during the height of our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Physicians, both mental health and medical health providers, are needed to care for the wounds of our veterans. Professionals in all industries are needed to offer guidance and mentorship for our veterans that are deciphering which path to take in the civilian sector. Professors need to have a competency for today’s veteran students. Businesses need to consider the training and skill set and assess which position in the company can benefit most from the strengths brought forth by the prospective veteran employee. City and community organizers need to understand that veterans are transitioning from base housing and into the community, bringing with them their children and spouse. Leaders of our country need to prepare for the face of the new decade instilling hope, courage, and leadership in one hundred percent of the American population.