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Our young veterans have served America with pride and honor. When they return from service, they deserve to have secure futures waiting for them.

But too often, when a service member returns home from duty, he is met with tremendous adversity in finding employment. In fact, the unemployment rate for young veterans has reached over 25%.

It's not that veterans are unqualified — many return home having learned valuable skills in the automotive, medical, and defense systems fields. The problem lies within a lack of programs that help veterans translate their skills into sustainable employment. Currently there is a program that exists in this vein, but it's only required for marines and isn't as comprehensive as it should be.

Write to the Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking her to support the creation of better programs to help our veterans find suitable employment when they return home from service.

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Dear Secretary Solis,

As we continue to bring troops home from their services overseas, we are going to need to address the growing unemployment rate among America's young veterans.

Our service members serve our country with pride and honor. They are disciplined young men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. Yet when they return, they are often faced with tremendous adversity when it comes to finding jobs.

There are many reasons why unemployment among young veterans may be growing, but what we're ultimately lacking are programs designed to assist veterans in transitioning back into regular society. Though service members learn many valuable skills while on duty, finding ways to translate those skills in the business sector can be an extraordinary challenge.

That's why we need to help them learn how to present themselves and their honed abilities to potential employers in relatable ways.

The marine corps is the only branch of the military that currently requires its veterans to participate in a program such as this, but many say it's lacking in effectiveness.

Please take steps toward addressing the problem of young veteran employment by spearheading projects to help them transition back into society.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 30, 2014 Rosary Reinbold
Jul 29, 2014 Ruth Wright
Jul 29, 2014 Jelena White
Jul 28, 2014 Noel Anthony Haughey I support the United States Military
Jul 27, 2014 Jennifer Ritter
Jul 25, 2014 Vanessa Gonzalez
Jul 23, 2014 nikki kincer
Jul 19, 2014 Linda Rock
Jul 14, 2014 j.s. simpson
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Jul 9, 2014 Danielle Walden
Jul 7, 2014 justin griffis
Jul 5, 2014 Erin Cormany
Jul 5, 2014 Taratorn Pettersson
Jul 5, 2014 Margaret Redus
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Jul 4, 2014 Richard Han
Jul 4, 2014 Kimberly Coxon
Jul 4, 2014 Jillana Laufer
Jul 4, 2014 Janice Thompson
Jul 4, 2014 Rebecca Bierbaum
Jul 4, 2014 Lynn Edgar
Jul 4, 2014 Kelli Lysz
Jul 2, 2014 Doris Gruehling
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Jun 28, 2014 Kim Laccetti
Jun 26, 2014 Everett Fast
Jun 22, 2014 marilu hernandez
Jun 21, 2014 Susan IvinsLewis
Jun 20, 2014 Polina Gradusova
Jun 20, 2014 Sue Sublett We owe it to our veterans to help them become employed and keep them employed, at the very least. They have made a huge sacrifice by serving in the military for much less than minimum wage. They deserve our help and more. Let's honor them.
Jun 19, 2014 Lourdes Martinez
Jun 16, 2014 Deborah Clarke
Jun 13, 2014 r m I'm a Canadian and I click on this site everyday. I am not aware of any G8 country that has as many problems helping its veterans as the USA. Please don't forget those who have served.
Jun 11, 2014 VICKIE Coy-Brown
Jun 9, 2014 Kathleen Silva
Jun 8, 2014 Gail Runnels
Jun 8, 2014 Jacqueline Debold-Thompson
Jun 7, 2014 jade blank
Jun 7, 2014 Steve Wriborg
Jun 6, 2014 E. A. Carden
Jun 6, 2014 Keyna Purvis
Jun 6, 2014 RICKY SLOAN
Jun 6, 2014 Susan Weeden
Jun 5, 2014 Clarke Golden
Jun 5, 2014 Regina Cartwright
Jun 4, 2014 Sarah Baker I'm currently unemployed, but will happily stay so if it means jobs for those who served. Thank you, veterans!!
Jun 4, 2014 Martina Colombo
Jun 3, 2014 Kimberly Reed Such great employees!!! :-)
Jun 3, 2014 Gloria Carlton

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