ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- One million veterans will join the workforce over the next five years according to White House estimates, which could play a major role in already high unemployment rates. We told you the story of one local U.S. Navy vet's search for work back on Veterans Day; a journey that has found a happy ending.
Ron Torrisi fell on hard times after being let go from his job in 2009, entering a 32-month stretch of unemployment. Torrisi started his new job on Friday and says for now it's a temp position, but it will become permanent full-time employment soon. He says he works with several other veterans at his job and calls his new line of work a Christmas miracle.
"It's a blessing. It really is. It's been a long journey for me, so I'm just so glad and blessed actually...I believe I was put through this for a reason”, says Torrisi.
Torrisi's story comes at a time when thousands of other veterans are struggling to find work, especially those who are just returning from the Middle East. The unemployment rate for veterans aged 20-24 has averaged 30 percent this year.
Help is on the way for veterans in search of work. The vow to hire heroes act will go into effect next year, giving businesses extra incentives to hire veterans. JP Morgan Chase and Verizon have both pledged to hire 100,000 veterans in the next ten years.