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  1. Recruiters from USAA talk with veterans and military spouses at the Veterans Jobs Summit in August in Fort Bragg, N.C. Sara D. Davis

    Report: Retaining vets in civilian jobs should be employers' focus

    American companies have made great strides in recruiting veterans in recent years, according to a new study by the Rand Corp. Now the challenge is keeping those employees.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
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    Unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets at 7.2 percent

    The unemployment rate for the newest generation of veterans jumped by 1 full percentage point in October, according to new federal data, but the figure of 7.2 percent is about average for 2014 and actually a marked improvement from last year’s overall unemployment rate of 9 percent for that group.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
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    Vets' entrepreneurship boot camp to include NHL alumni

    Officials with Syracuse University's veterans outreach programs are adding new recruits to their annual entrepreneurship boot camp: professional hockey players.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  2. Tactical Veteran: Social media can be link to your next job

    Gone are the days when handing out paper résumés to potential employers was the main way — and sometimes the only way — to land a job.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  3. A veteran walks through a 'Hiring our Heroes' Job Fair on March 27 in New York City. Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    These federal contractors are hiring vets now

    Companies that do business with the federal government employ a big chunk of the U.S. workforce — and if you're a veteran looking to join their ranks, federal law requires that they give you a leg up.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
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    Retired Army Col. Scott Lang went downrange as a civilian for defense contractor Exelis Mission Systems Corp. Aaron Hunt / Exelis Systems Corp.

    Overseas federal contractor jobs common in industry

    After Scott Lang's tours in Iraq and Kuwait, you might think the last thing he would want to do is go back to the Middle East.

    • Oct. 19, 2014
  4. Tactical Veteran: Heal your wounds to prepare for civilian life

    Separating from the military is tough enough in and of itself, but many veterans leave the military with issues that make their transition much more difficult.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
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    Veterans talk with coaches to review their resumes prior to approaching recruiters and hiring managers from public and private sector companies during a career fair in 2012. Saul Loeb / AFP via Getty Images

    American Legion boss: Vets have earned federal hiring preference

    The American Legion has a message for federal workers upset over veterans preference rules: Get over it.

    • Oct. 10, 2014
  5. A notice in a store window on Friday announces a retail job opening in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    Post-9/11 vet jobless rate drops in September

    Unemployment for the latest generation of veterans tumbled in September, continuing a period of roller-coaster volatility for the measure, as the unemployment rate for the nation as a whole ticked down amid significant job gains, government data show.

    • Oct. 3, 2014
  6. Tactical Veteran: A deeper dive on landing apprenticeships

    In my last column, I looked at three organizations that give veterans an opportunity to get their foot in the door of a blue-collar job through apprenticeship opportunities. This week, I go a little deeper into the details.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
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    Roughly two-thirds of veterans are likely to leave their first post-military job within two years because of problems like low job satisfaction and limited opportunities for advancement, according to a new survey by employment specialists. Staff Sgt. Alexis Ramos / Army

    Survey: 65% of vets likely to leave 1st civilian job within 2 years

    Roughly two-thirds of veterans are likely to leave their first post-military job within two years because of problems like low job satisfaction and limited opportunities for advancement, according to a new survey by employment specialists.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  7. U.S. awards $450M to link job training, employers

    The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  8. A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott, pictured, and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Soldier sues Florida for discrimination

    A three-tour veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan has sued Gov. Rick Scott and top officials at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, whom he claims stripped him of his job because of his military service.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  9. Tactical Veteran: Apprenticeships can be path to solid career

    In my last column, I talked a bit about 'blue-collar' occupations and broke down some of the pathways into those careers. This week I'd like to talk in a bit of detail about another such potential pathway: apprenticeships.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
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    U.S. to train veterans to install solar panels

    The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  10. Marine veteran Pete Doan of 9:24 CrossFit opened the small-town gym in March 2013. Trevor Jones/Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune

    A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties

    Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  11. Flexibility key for spouses, says AF secretary's husband

    In Frank Beatty's experience in the private sector, discussions about job losses and benefits cuts are not limited to the military community.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
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    Post-9/11 vet unemployment at 8.1 percent in August

    The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans dropped by more than a point in August, government data show, but the 8.1 percent rate is still well above the dramatic lows charted a few months ago.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  12. An airman puts on protective gear before pressure washing a loader. Some troops want to continue working with their hands when they leave military service. Senior Airman Brittany Auld/ / Air Force

    Tactical Veteran: Maybe a blue-collar job is perfect for you

    The thought of attending college for two or more years may have you thinking of passing up the chance to use your GI Bill benefits.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  13. Pilot program to launch to help spouses earn college credit

    Defense officials are launching a pilot program in the fall that will help military spouses put together portfolios of education and work experience for possible college credit.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  14. Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but says she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition. Courtesy photo

    Spouse to receive White House entrepreneurship honor

    Air Force wife Adrianna Domingos-Lupher said she was 'floored' when she learned she is being honored as a White House Champion of Change, but she didn't become an entrepreneur for the recognition.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  15. Tactical Veteran: 5 questions to help you choose college major — and career

    It's not uncommon for service members to fully enjoy what they're doing in their military careers, but think that they could easily see themselves doing something much different in another field once they make the jump to the civilian world.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  16. More than a hundred employers and community leaders attend the Fort Bragg Veterans Jobs Summit on Tuesday at Fort Bragg, N.C. The two-day summit is held in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundations Hiring Our Heroes program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Army. Sara D. Davis/AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commer

    Vets in workforce ramp up as military gears down

    About 1,200 soldiers were ordered and urged by Fort Bragg brass to prepare Wednesday for their future mission: transition to a civilian job.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  17. Military veteran Lakeisha Bonner stands in line at a job fair in Detroit in 2012. Thousands of veterans are in Detroit this week for job fair, open house, and small business conference. Paul Sancya / The Associated Press

    Vets everywhere can log on to virtual job fair

    Hiring Our Heroes wants to take its veterans job fairs beyond major cities to small towns across the country.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  18. Tactical Veteran: Put school to the test before you enroll

    Knowing you have GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of tuition for school should make the decision to attend college easier.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
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