I talked to the Executive Director at the Call of Duty Endowment, Dan Goldenberg, who pointed out the overall unemployment rate for post 9/11 vets age 18-24 was 21.4%. This is hard to imagine when you consider how much these vets bring to the employment table.
If I am an employer, I am jumping at the chance to employ a young veteran. To me a veteran has already proven they are a team player with a can-do attitude who understands the value of teamwork. Also, 18-24 year old vets are still young enough to mold and shape into the type of worker I want. Being in the military also shows a sense of selflessness that is invaluable when it comes to being a competent and caring employee.
If you think about a young vets skill set....honed and refined while in the service....you can see an employee who is impressive in the fields of security, safety, telecommunications, admin and management. To me, it's a win-win for the employer to hire a young veteran.
I think the high unemployment rate has to do with a barrier that's been built through a lack of communication. Vets have a hard time communicating their self worth while employers who never served have trouble understanding the military experience. This barrier needs broken down because alot of able bodied/minded vets are standing on the sidelines when they need to be in the game.