Returning veterans find job search a challenge

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- While Illinois veterans are faring better than most others nationwide in terms of finding work, they still face challenges.

The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says the average unemployment rate last year for Illinois veterans who served after the 2001 terror attacks was 9.5 percent.

The unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans nationwide was 12.1 percent.

Veterans say they're struggling to translate their experience into a civilian workplace and to keep military jargon off their resumes.

They find themselves having to rely on informal networks for job tips.

Illinois says it has made vets a priority, creating programs aimed at linking younger veterans with employers, and it offers a veterans grant that guarantees free tuition at public universities.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
    Don't worry just head to one of those nice temps services here. They are sure to find you a temp job with a very low wage job.
  • by RM Location: Rockford on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
    That's all well and good but what about Veterans who are a little older? I am a Veteran who left the Marine Corps in 1997. Immediately after my service I enrolled in college, and while working and raising a family, I completed my degree in nine (9) years. I served eight (8) years in the Marine Corps, worked and went to school for nine (9) years, and immediately after finishing college I was let go by my company. So, here I am 2 1/2 years later and I am still out of work. Who is putting Veterans first? I have a high school diploma, I served my country faithfully and honorably, I completed my education and received a bachelors degree, and I have never been in trouble with the law or arrested? Why can't I find work? My wife has recently started collecting unemployment due to her being let go, and it is rather scary for us right now. She has a masters degree and is getting no where either. I almost feel like going in the service was the wrong thing to do!
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