“The Real Story Behind Veteran Unemployment Rates: Perception vs. Reality.” Myths Exposed by G.I. Jobs Magazine April 2011 issue

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G.I. Jobs Magazine announced today that its April 2011 cover story will expose “The Real Story Behind Veteran Unemployment Rates: Perception vs. Reality.” The article debunks the current myths that hamper the majority of healthy and skilled returning military veterans who are, in fact, exemplary examples of reliable and superior employees and employers. Corporate America knows it and G.I. Jobs has the facts to prove it. The article is currently available online at http://www.gijobs.com/debunking, and the print issue will be available later this month.

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This story needs to be told because the misperceptions lead to the belief that veterans need help. This inaccuracy undeservedly hampers transition into a civilian career. Employer behavior clearly shows that military alumni are in high demand"

G.I. Jobs Magazine announced today that its April 2011 cover story will expose “The Real Story Behind Veteran Unemployment Rates: Perception vs. Reality.” The article debunks the current myths that hamper the majority of healthy and skilled returning military veterans who are, in fact, exemplary examples of reliable and superior employees and employers. Corporate America knows it and G.I. Jobs has the facts to prove it. The article is currently available online at http://www.gijobs.com/debunking, and the print issue will be available later this month.

“The truth is that this perceived difficulty veterans are experiencing finding civilian employment is a massive misperception that affects a tiny percentage of military veterans: those who come home in need of help because of their service in some way,” said Chris Hale, President, National Veteran-Owned Business Association (http://www.navoba.com). “What is missed (or said as an afterthought) is that the majority of those who serve in the military return home better off, having been taught intangible skills like leadership, teamwork, integrity, resolve and ingenuity that are expensive, if not impossible, to teach in a civilian setting. The U.S. military is the premier training institution for civilian success and its ‘alumni’ are far better off for their service. This story needs to be told because the misperceptions lead to the belief that veterans need help. This inaccuracy undeservedly hampers transition into a civilian career. Employer behavior clearly shows that military alumni are currently, and have always been, in high demand!”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual average unemployment rate for all veterans in 2010 stood at 8.7 percent, compared to the general population at 9.4 percent. In fact, the jobless rate for all veterans was lower than non-veterans every year since 2000 – even through two recessions.

And while much has been made of the unemployment rates for the youngest Post-9/11 veterans – those between the ages of 18 and 24 – the article examines several factors that affect the numbers, including the fact that many veterans choose to take comp time upon return home, many head back to school on the GI Bill, and for those who enlisted right out of high school and embark on their first job search, multiple deployments can temporarily defer their preparation for a civilian career. For all the facts that debunk the myths see the April issue of G.I. Jobs Magazine.

About G.I. Jobs
G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”

About The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA)
NaVOBA unites the nation’s 3 million businesses owned by military veterans by providing a single voice to advocate for important issues.

For more information visit us on the web at http://www.gijobs.com or http://www.navoba.com or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gijobsmagazine or http://www.facebook.com/navoba and on Twitter @gijobsmagazine or @navoba.

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