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The best jobs for veterans
CareerCast.com via The Times-Picayune
Veterans of the U. S. Armed Forces are provided with unique training that applies well to the civilian labor market and every year more employers are taking notice. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate for veterans 18 years and older was 5.5 percent, an improvement from last year's 7 percent average unemployment rate for the entire veteran population. Leading the way are veterans who are finding jobs that match their skills especially well, and that includes careers that tap heavily into their training in such fields as engineering and information technology.
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 Benefits


Should deported veterans get benefits from the military?
PRI
For Hector Barajas, Veterans Day was a bittersweet day. Barajas is Mexican-born, California-raised. He had legal permanent U.S. residency when he enlisted in the military — he was told his service would lead to full citizenship. But after committing a criminal offense, he was deported. Now, he advocates for other deported vets, who he says deserve the same rights as those who are U.S.-born.
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 Housing


The country will soon have no homeless veterans. So why are there still homeless families?
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)
As the country's biggest cities continue to struggle with issues related to housing and homelessness, there is a silver lining: the number of homeless veterans is steadily decreasing, thanks to an infusion of federal funds and a slew of innovative programs. In fact, many homeless advocates say that the country is on target to meet the goal of eliminating homelessness among veterans within the next 12 months.
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 Medical


Complementary, alternative medicine for veterans and military personnel
Wolters Kluwer Health via Science Codex
A growing body of research evidence shows that complementary and alternative medicine has health benefits for U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel, according to a special December supplement to Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
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 Employment


A digital approach to helping veterans find jobs
Mashable
Veterans need all the help they can get when reentering the workforce. In the field, service members are often responsible for multimillion dollar equipment, delivery of projects of massive scale in difficult environments and managing multiple teams — but those responsibilities don't always translate into related job skills on a traditional resume.
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5 Fortune 500 companies transforming the job market for veterans
Fortune
While Veterans Day is a good time to reflect on the dedication of our soldiers, many companies' dedication to U.S. military workers goes well beyond one day a year. Here are five Fortune 500 companies with innovative approaches to bringing more military veterans into the private sector.
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Study: Many veterans don't apply military skills to civilian jobs
Issaquah Reporter
As the economy continues to add thousands of jobs, many men and women in uniform are finding better employment chances once they get out of the military, even if many of those jobs do not use their military skills. A study conducted by the University of Phoenix and Harris Poll shows that while post-service unemployment rates are declining for veterans, more than half of employed veterans report that they are or were in jobs beneath their skill sets.
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How 1 nonprofit is helping veterans serve again, at home
Forbes
After eight years of military service flying Blackhawk helicopters for the U.S. Army around the globe, Spencer Kympton felt something was missing when he came home. He had the skills to transition into corporate life — he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and then took a job at McKinsey & Company — but he didn't have a mission. Searching for more meaningful work, Kympton left McKinsey to join Teach for America, a job that felt more fulfilling because he could connect to both community and national needs.
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Michelle Obama wants female veterans to flaunt their skills when seeking jobs
TIME
First lady Michelle Obama thinks veteran women "can't be modest" when it comes to seeking employment. "You've got to show off a little bit," the first lady told a group of more than 200 active-duty, retired and veteran women recently. "And believe me, you all have so much to show off. That's the beauty of it — those years in the military set you apart from so many other candidates."
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Data: Youngest veterans struggle most with unemployment
The Washington Post
The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its October jobs numbers. With that in mind, let's take a look at how veterans have fared in terms of unemployment lately.
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