Despite Low Unemployment, Veterans Struggle To Find Meaningful Jobs

Unemployment or Underemployment

Unemployment for recent veterans has hit a historic low, but it’s not clear how many veterans are able to use their military experience to get meaningful employment.

The most recent generation of war veterans came home to a pretty rough economy. Joblessness for younger veterans back in 2011 was more than 12 percent, much worse than the rate for nonveterans. That number is now down to below 4 percent, but what that figure doesn’t show is the quality of that employment.  Most of our veterans either found themselves unemployed or underemployed – underemployed being the worst.

The government doesn’t measure underemployment because it’s hard to define. One study did find that 43 percent of veterans leave their first civilian job within 12 months. Veterans’ unemployment is at a historic low, and plenty of companies advertise that they hire vets. But too many of those are dead-end jobs, he says, that don’t leave time to look for a better one.

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Being a fast food manager or crossing guard is not the type of job that requires combat training or counterinsurgency experience.

The employment market was full at one point in time with people in business and government who had military experience. But now it’s only a tiny percentage who served, so a tiny number who know that a corpsman has a lot of medical knowledge or a quartermaster knows about logistics.

The employment market is not aware of how military skills relate, but you have veterans who also don’t know how to articulate military skills either in a way that civilians can understand.

The 2KHero Scholarship program has been established to give veterans an opportunity to start their own business, by providing operating capital and education through the startup phase of their business.   

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Considering the hundreds of thousands of dollars it takes to train a soldier, many of the government programs setup to transition them back into society are simply not meeting their needs.  The 2KHeroes Foundation is providing this opportunity for our Veterans, which will piggyback their military training by giving them additional business training and support.  This additional training and support will enable them to contribute to society along with providing a substantial income for themselves.

How can you help…You can donating to the 2KHero scholarship fund by simply clicking the donate button, each donation will provide a business opportunity for another Veteran

Unemployed Veterans Looking for Help

Many of our Veterans are looking for a seamless transition back into society, the 2KHero Scholarship program will help provide a vehicle for such a transition.

We have recognized that there are several problems associated with employment and our Veterans, which are taking a toll on when and how they become employed.  Some are left with that feeling of “What’s my purpose” or “Why did I survive” and on the other hand many of them are just looking for a way to contribute to society.  No matter the problem, many of our Government programs are simply not working for our Veterans. 

Veteran in Need of Employment

The opportunity to move on with their lives can sometime become overwhelming and lead to other more complicated problems, such as pour self-esteem and eventually homelessness.

The 2KHero Scholarship programs meets these problems head on and delivers a way out for many of our Veterans, so they can own and operate their own business.

How can you help…You can donating to the 2KHero scholarship fund by simply clicking the donate button, each donation will provide an opportunity for another Veteran to move one step closer in their desire for employment.

Homeless Veterans need your help

The 2KHero Business Scholarship program provides startup funding for Veterans and First Responders to help build an online business that can easily be operated from anywhere in the world.

You can help…donate today and help put a Veteran to work.

We have T-Shirts, do you want one?

A group of very big-hearted people got together and decided that for every $50.00 donated, we would send them a T-shirt. Can you imagine that, your money donated to help a group of well deserving people, will also get you a T-Shirt.

Now…this is not just any T-Shirt, it’s a “Company Branded” T-Shirt – excellent, am I right or what?

For real…2KHeroes is a great opportunity to help many of our Veterans, First Responders, Educators and our Disabled community enjoy the benefits of a full-time income without the hassles of the work-a-day world.

Please find it in your hearts to give to this well deserving community of people who have served our country and paid the price for our freedoms! Click the Donate button to receive your Company Branded T-Shirt and the opportunity to pay-it-forward!

How do we treat our female Veterans?

Veterans 2KHeroes Business Scholarship Program

Although accurate numbers are impossible to come by — no one keeps national records on homeless veterans — the VA estimates that 200,00 veterans are homeless on any given night. And approximately twice that many experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every three homeless men who is sleeping in a doorway, alley or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served this country. According to the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Urban Institute, 1999), veterans account for 23 percent of all homeless people in America

The Veterans 2KHeroes Foundations believes that teaching our veterans how to fish or by giving them a hand up, will help them long term by providing that missing ingredient which keeps them employed and providing for themselves.

What Makes a 2KHero?

What is a 2Khero? Or, better, what makes a hero? We all know about the Hollywood heroes … they rush into trouble to save those they love. They risk their lives for others and sometimes lose their own.

Jamie Jarboe  Is self-sacrifice in the face of mortal danger our guide? If so, there are hundreds of thousands of heroes in our military. In fact, just being a soldier, Marine, sailor or in the Air Force would make one a hero. I should add the Coast Guard as well. Maybe that’s the way it should be.

Please click on this link to read and watch… the rest of the story…

http://abcnews.go.com/US/veterans-day-makes-hero/story?id=17693657

2KonnectKares is helping Real American 2KHeroes find employment, but we need your help.

Please donate today… $5, $10, $20 or $100.  It will go toward scholarshipping a HERO into a new career.

Thank you for your generosity – your donation is greatly appreciated!

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Veteran losses hearing and employment…

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When soldiers go to war, they often bring an unwanted souvenir home with them…a hearing loss. About Deafness/HOH interviewed a veteran, Doug Smith, who acquired a hearing loss:

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Smith Loses Hearing

Q: What happened in the military to cause your hearing loss?

A: I was a navy diver..and submarine sailor…I crushed my eardrums. This happened in 1976. Quite a few submarine sailors have hearing damage due to the pressures we deal with.

Q: How much of a hearing loss did you sustain?

A: Over 50 percent in both ears.

Smith Returns Home

Q: What kind of help did you get (medically) from the military? Were you given any assistive devices like a hearing aid (circa 1976 of course)?

A: The military gave no real help. The military didn’t really do anything about my ears. I got no disability to speak of. My case was transferred to the VA (Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs). I went for a hearing test and the VA said yep, you’ve got significant hearing loss. Have a nice day.

Q: That was 1976. Are things better today? If a veteran acquires hearing loss today, can that veteran look forward to better treatment than you got in 1976?

A: I would say probably not. Most of the medical help comes from the Veterans Admin. Don’t get me wrong. The military hospitals and the VA hospitals are great places, but there is not a whole lot medically they could do to help me.

Smith Gets Discharged

Q: What impact, if any, did this hearing loss have on your military career?

A: After 14 years (in the military) I was medically discharged for the hearing loss as well as a seizure disorder.

Articles on Veterans and Hearing Loss

Doug Smith is just one of many veterans affected by hearing loss. In addition to Mr. Smith, in one of my early college classes I encountered a veteran who had been deafened in the military.

This impacts their daily life as well as getting or sustaining a job to support themselves and their family.

Please consider donating today by visiting Paypal.com and sending a donation to donate@2konnectkares.org.  Anything helps, even $5.  But a donation of $250 will sponsor a veteran into a Home Business Scholarship that will build them a substantial income in just 4 months. Please donate today.

Decorated Veteran Asks “Why Am I Jobless?”

By Brad BartzBrad Bartz

The job I lost

Since I retired from the military, all I could get was one temporary job after another. I worked at Sears Grand in Cape Girardeau, MO but they lost so much business I was cut to 8 hours a week. I took whatever I could get and had to go job to job. I was at Lowes in the same town and was doing well, when an unethical department manager was making sexual comments about female customers. I tried to talk to management about his comments, and surprise, I was the one who got fired. I moved to Kerrville TX, and was at Home Depot, 8 hours/week again. I took a salvation army temp job at Christmas. Sigh, jobless again. I have many skills too.

What it’s like being unemployed

It is a terrible feeling. I see so many people, mostly youth, that do not even apply themselves at their work. Their work ethic is pathetic, yet here I am, a decorated 20 year navy veteran with many skills, professional character and great work ethic, out of work. It just does not make sense to me. What does a man have to do to make a living in this country? Is this how we give fellow Americans and military veterans opportunities? By throwing them in the street and ignoring them? I am losing hope. I work my butt off for anyone. I can drive fork lift, stock merchandise, am great with people, knowledgeable in tools and building materials, was an awesome cook in the military. Why am I jobless and why are so many others employed that stand around and cheat their employers? It is so demeaning and demoralizing! I need a miracle.

Advice

  • I do not let being unemployed stop me from helping others. I feel the need to volunteer often because people have needs and I was put on earth to be useful. At 48,I am fit and work hard so I use what I know to assist in any way I can. I love playing piano to raise money at Christmas for homeless. I will do what God gave me the ability to do. Never give up on YOU. Even when people will not hire you or give you a break, do not quit on YOU. God has not quit on you. Life is worth living and you are needed. You just have to find how to let yourself be needed. There is always hope.

Editors Note: a $5 donation helps… $250 will fund a scholarship to help build a veteran a business he/she can do at home and earn enough to pay the bills… won’t you help today and bring help to those who have protected us?  Please donate today through www.paypal.com/home use this email address to donate to… donate@2konnectkares.org

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How Do I Look for a Job When I Can’t Afford Gas?

By Jackie

The job I lost

Hello. My name is Jackie and it’s been 1 1/2 yrs that I’ve been without work. My job closed on me unexpectedly and I’ve been looking for work every since then. Now my unemployment has been exhausted, there’s no money to pay something on bills and my rent is due. I need food on the table as well. Now without money coming in to put gas in my car, how do I go out and look for a job???  This is a no win situation!

What it’s like being unemployed

downes couch web Being without work is such a terrible thing , you have lost your sense of security. The family is depending on you and you can’t provide when you’ve been the backbone that supported them! You feel like you have let everyone down and you lose a part of your identity.

Editor’s Note: I have stories like this coming in every day.  The news says that the economy is strong… then where are the jobs and why are our Veteran Hero’s not getting work?  Our Sponsor 2KonnectKares has a solution that works for anyone willing to go to work.  It’s not a freebie, but it’s a scholarship that will help people get back on their feet, making the kind of money needed to put bread on the table and pay the bills. And it can benefit their friends and family as well. Please support the cause by donating something today. We have people who have donated just $5 and some who have donated $5000… it’s up to you and what you think it’s worth to help those who have fought to protect your right to work and play and be safe in this country. I think it’s worth a lot!  Just $250 will help to scholarship and build a job for a 2kHERO for 4 months that will grow into a solid career for them for a lifetime. Be supportive… donate today.

Go to www.2KonnectKares.org and click on the 3 bars in the upper right corner of the blog to donate.  Thank you.

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Bitter and Stressed Out by Unemployment

I wonder if you can feel the heartache and frustration in this veterans story?

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The job I lost

I lost my sales job. It was bogus in the first place but I first left because it was so bad and then they wanted me to return. I did, but then I was basically given my last check.

What a joke, to say the least.

homeless-woman-in-barrio-triste-medellin What it’s like being unemployed

It has been the roughest times in my life to be unemployed right now. Everything is so hard and I don’t know who to reach out to at this point. It seems like every job that I get doesn’t last and isn’t working for me.

It’s rough and miserable. I don’t have money to do anything life is hard and cold it seems. I’ve never had this problem before in my life and I’ve never felt so bitter and stressed out before in my life.

Advice

  • I don’t have advice right now, to be honest. Sell drugs? I think that earns people a lot of cash and I’ve been considering it.
  • I think that would be the best option, not hardly but I’m actually considering it.
  • Honolulu really is a twisted city. In the long run you see it and realize how cruel and sick people are, counting myself at one time. There’s hatred and racist garbage that always makes things worse.

By Ryona

As posted in http://jobsearch.about.com/u/sty/unemployment/unemployedstory/Bitter-and-Stressed-Out-by-Unemployment.htm

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