Coming Up on Making Sen$e: The Fate of America’s Veterans Looking For Work

BY Paul Solman  March 31, 2011 at 1:06 PM EST

Editor’s Note: On Friday’s NewsHour: an eye-opening look at the fate of many veterans attempting to transition back into a tough job market.

Making Sense

Today, there are over two million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And despite government incentives to hire them, the “welcome home” for many — more than 11 percent in 2010 — is an unemployment check.

Paul talks with vets who say they’ve learned the key job skills while serving their country: selflessness, loyalty, teamwork, leadership. He profiles an organization helping them maximize those skills while transitioning back into civilian life. And he examines the fears of employers who say they worry about post-traumatic stress disorder.

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