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Veterans Have Help for Transition to Civilian Jobs

Veterans DayToday is Veterans Day, when we stop to remember and honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces, especially the thousands who were wounded or killed.

When some of today's military personnel leave the armed forces, they face a tough transition landing work in a rough economy. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor reported a jobless rate of 11.2% for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan — up 4 percentage points from the same time a year earlier. (At the time, the rate for non-veterans was 8.8%; now it's 10.2%.)

Those numbers aren't encouraging, but a survey conducted by CareerBuilder.com last spring uncovered some hope for military veterans: 43% of employers stated that if they were to have two equally qualified candidates, they would be more likely to hire the person with military experience. The rest did not have a preference.

Last year on Veterans Day, we offered a list of tips for veterans trying to cross over into the civilian work force. Here it is again. And below are a few more resources veterans may find helpful:

And to all of our nation's veterans and their families, a heartfelt "thank you" for your service and sacrifices.

If you’re a veteran — or not — what advice would you have for those making the transition into the civilian workforce? Add your views below.

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