Daily VideoNovember 14, 2011
Returning Veterans Face Employment Challenges
After soldiers return from service in Iraq or Afghanistan, they often face a hurdle that’s, in some cases, more difficult than any they experienced in the military: finding a job. Many veterans report that even though they had complex, challenging duties in the military, they often can’t find interesting work that pays well when they get back to civilian life.
Employers are often wary of hiring veterans because of fears of mental illness and other challenges that might affect them in the workplace, studies show. Veterans say those fears are largely unfounded and that they would be able to do any job a civilian can do.
Veterans also say they sometimes have a hard time fitting in to life in college or in the workplace after they’ve served because other people have no idea what they faced. Many also say they miss the camaraderie of their fellow soldiers and the structure that went along with military life.
“When an applicant applies and has a bachelor’s degree, the employer knows what the employee knows. In the military, they probably don’t know what we’ve done and don’t have a good idea of our skills.” – Erik Valdama, veteran
“Just going throughout your whole military career, it’s structure, structure, structure, instructions, instructions, instructions. I mean, some people just can’t just snap your fingers and be like, hey, I’m a civilian. I’m no longer in the military.” – Edmond Sheffield, veteran
Warm Up Questions
1. What is a veteran?
2. What kinds of things do people do in the military? What kinds of jobs do they have?
3. Why is unemployment bad for a society?
1. Based on what you saw in the video, name three challenges returning veterans face when finding a job that civilians are less likely to face.
2. Why do you think it’s hard for veterans to re-integrate into society after their service?
3. What do you think should be done to help more returning veterans find work?
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Invasive lionfish have devastating effects on native species and ecosystems in the Western Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, but robotic technology offers a new way to stem their spread. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
The third party candidate Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party says she remains the only candidate in the presidential race who is not corrupted by lobbyists’ money, corporate money or super PACs. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
The large disparity in campaign spending between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump highlights the differences between the candidates’ campaign strategies.Arts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
The first-ever Refugee Olympic Team competed in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
July was recorded as the planet’s hottest month since records began more than 100 years ago, prompting some to question the influence of climate change will have on weather. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld