Statistics You Need to Know
Why do these statistics matter? By defending our nation’s security, active duty military and Veterans carry a unique weight on their shoulders, a burden that often disturbs their mental well-being, reduces their capacity to sleep peacefully at night, and subsequently impairs their ability to operate at their best by day. Once a Veteran separates and re-enters the civilian sector, something as minor as translating their military skills into corporate language can mean the difference between securing an interview and a job.
Current standards of transition assistance programs funded by the Department of Defense do not aptly prepare our servicemembers. Transition classes are only a week long, on average, with no time for real world practical training. As an example, servicemembers are taught the basics of resume building and interviewing, but additional time is not allocated to perfect the resume and to perform mock interviews. Reforming transition assistance programs through the Loya-Sear Bill would require multi-level courses taught well in advance of separation date, to allow servicemembers time to distribute resumes, attend job fairs and interviews, before end of service.
Many are quick to examine a Veteran’s life post-service and blame afflictions on current or extenuating circumstances. When 1 out of 2 exiting servicemembers are unemployed for an average of 22 weeks (5.5 months), we can say, with certainty, that the true root causes begin while active duty, not after. By creating an expanded, universal transition assistance program across all military branches, servicemembers can properly prepare for separation a year in advance. With the same dedication to turning recruits into Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, these same servicemembers can be encouraged to succeed, thus reducing veteran unemployment, homelessness, and suicide.