Younger Veterans Still Struggle To Find Work

WASHINGTON (February 19, 2013)--Younger military veterans who served in the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks are still having a hard time finding work.

The unemployment rate for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 was more than 20 percent last year and was also in double digits for those from 25 to 34.

The unemployment rate for both age groups was higher than for their non-veteran peers and much higher than the national average.

The job problems for younger vets have continued despite a wide range of private and public efforts, including tax credits for companies that hire veterans.

The executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes program says many veterans can't explain how the skills they learned in the military translate to the private sector.

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