In America’s Veterans: A Sound Investment, the latest in CNAS’s “Voices From the Field” series, LTG William B. Caldwell IV, USA and Major Crispin J. Burke, USA argue that society should leverage the latest generation of men and women leaving the military, and the skills, expertise and experience they bring to the civilian workforce. The authors examine the employment challenges facing the nation’s nearly 2.6 million post-9/11 combat veterans as they transition to civilian jobs. They note that recent veterans “have struggled with unemployment rates that exceed the national average” despite recent survey findings that showed “most managers felt that military veterans were “better” or “much better” than civilians in areas such as teamwork, reliability, openness to other cultures and races, and work ethic.” General Caldwell and Major Burke knock down several stereotypes about recent veterans and offer recommendations that business and government can undertake to help veterans successfully navigate the civilian labor market.
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