Hire a vet, then keep hiring them
Some young military veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have trouble getting jobs. The government has taken steps to help them. Private-sector employers should, too.
Getting a job isn’t as easy as it used to be, especially when the unemployment rate hovers near 8 percent.
For young military veterans, the search is harder. Last year, the jobless rate exceeded 20 percent for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24. For vets who are 25 to 34, unemployment was in double digits.
Government officials who have worked on the problem include Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who represents Lee, Ogle and Bureau counties.
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