Monday, September 24, 2012

Rieckhoff on Post 9/11 Veteran Unemployment


According to the Department of Labor, that's the percentage of post-9/11 veterans that are unemployed in America right now.

And it's unacceptable.

The disappointing number comes as no surprise to veterans nationwide and reinforce what we hear from our members every day: the struggles of this rough economy are real.

But IAVA is listening, and we're here to help.

Thanks to your support, we're creating opportunities to connect IAVA vets with companies and organizations that can help them transition from combat to career. Recently, IAVA has teamed up with global firms like McKinsey & Company and BT to offer career development workshops, resume workshops and job-shadowing programs.

And we're adding new programs every day - all for free. Vets and their families can check out The Rucksack for employment and professional development opportunities in their communities. We do events from San Francisco to Atlanta every week—so make sure to follow us on Twitter at @IAVA for updates and spread the word.

If vets are looking to increase their employment prospects by going back to school, they can also check out Here, they can calculate their benefits through our free GI Bill calculator and scout schools across the country to make sure they get the high quality education they deserve.

If you have any veterans in your life, please pass this message along – we're stronger together.



Paul Rieckhoff
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

P.S. IAVA is also fighting for vets on two critical bills moving through Congress right now – one to improve the GI Bill and one to create more jobs for vets. Learn more about our policy work on



Sean Eagan

American Cold War Veterans, Inc.
Blog: Cold War Veterans Blog
Phone:  716 720-4000 
Network: My Fast Pitch! Profile