Congress is taking steps to help our nation’s veterans find jobs in the current challenging economy. Lawmakers are introducing legislation that would require training programs for separating and retiring service members and modify federal hiring practices to help new veterans find jobs. According to the Military Times, the Labor Department recently reported that one in four veterans age 20 to 24 are unemployed, and that the April unemployment rate for veterans discharged from active duty since 2001 is 13.1 percent, which is higher than the 9.9 percent national unemployment rate. I am curious as to what these new training programs will look like and how they will be implemented.
With veterans coming directly from the field to the job market stateside, it is key that they seamlessly train without a large gap in between their military service and career path. This is actually one of the issues that the legislation addresses by requiring service members to undergo job training prior to exiting the military. Here at Blackboard, we are already on board with helping our returning service men and women. Read our case study on how the Veterans Health Association uses Blackboard Learn to create distance-learning opportunities for our civilian employees. Maybe this could serve as an example as we explore how this legislation would be applied.