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Many Vets Are Landing Jobs, but the Transition Can Be Tough | Military.com

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Phillip Slaughter, who served in the Army for 18 years, found work operating a truck after he separated from the service. He transported packages for FedEx rather than hauling rations and ammunition through combat zones.

He wasn’t interested in doing it and his post-traumatic stress disorder was made worse by the task. Before he was hired as a sourcing recruiter for a software business, it would take him three years and many jobs to find his dream role. Slaughter is a U.S. military veteran who found a job he loves at a time when the nation is experiencing some of its lowest monthly veteran unemployment on record. But the rate — 2.7% in October — can mask the difficulty of a transition that sometimes takes years of working unfulfilling jobs, while forging a new identity and a new purpose beyond serving one’s country. “Even though (veteran unemployment) is low, I’m interested to see a survey on how many people are happy in the position they’re in,” said Slaughter, who now runs his own consulting firm for fellow vets. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterans make up 7% of the general population. According to analysts, their unemployment rate can be used to assess how well the country is doing at helping veterans. Additionally, it can reveal how the military prepares departing people. Recruitment efforts are hampered by high veteran unemployment.



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