Veterans Jobless Rate Unacceptable for One Group

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Everyday Leader Heroes’ Author & Veteran Himself formed Professional Progress Academy to Assist Veterans in Enhancing Skills to Reenter the Workforce

Dr. Rich Schuttler agrees with many that the high unemployment rate for Veterans is unacceptable. The facts are startling. For veterans aged 18-24, the unemployment rate averaged 20.4% in 2012 and this group is considered by many to be far more skilled and experienced than their civilian peers. Yet, they are struggling to find a job.

In anticipation of the 2014 withdrawal from Afghanistan, it is even more important now to recognize these Everyday Leader Heroes and come together to provide resources, solutions, tools and assistance. "We are not here to give a hand out, rather a hand up to assist one of the most unrecognized groups of heroes that are suffering,” said Dr. Rich Schuttler, international speaker and author of Everyday Leader Heroes. “I have teamed with a group of professionals to launch Professional Progress Academy as an online resource targeting veterans to assist with identifying and enhancing transferable skills, which is noted as a significant challenge for most veterans.”

Professional Progress Academy is based upon the Triangle of Success which involves four key components: 1) improved philosophies, 2) positive attitudes, 3) purposeful actions, 4) focused results. The Triangle of Success guides the shift of the collective conscience of Professional Progress Academy members by providing a venue where members learn from experts in a variety of fields, are inspired to improve themselves personally and professionally and are encouraged to be more community-minded citizens on both the local and global scale. The academy programs are designed with topics and learning objectives that allow for assessing gained knowledge, through the use of both cognitive and affective learning domains.

The launch of Professional Progress Academy is on the heels of a study led by Dr. Rich Schuttler. After conducting interviews with over 1,000 people around the world, Schuttler identified the top characteristics of everyday leader heroes. Participants in the study consistently indicated they admire individuals who are supportive, caring, and humble listeners who lead with knowledge and integrity. “The study found our greatest heroes are not athletes, celebrities, or comic book characters. They are everyday leader heroes whose words and actions consistently make a positive impact on the people around them. Our veterans are at the top of the Everyday Leader Heroes in my book,” Schuttler said.

The goal of the study was to determine what makes unsung heroes tick? Why do they do what they do? Why do people rally automatically and act in a leadership capacity when they are not trained, educated or taught? Just as with veterans, many risk their lives daily or handle sensitive intelligence that impacts the safety of the world or are the first to aid those injured.

“Sadly, we also found that many everyday leader heroes are completely unaware of the influence they have on others. This has to change,” said Dr. Rich. “Everyday leader heroes need to know the huge difference they make before it is too late for them to learn about their impact.”
The 10 key qualities uncovered in the study include supportive, listening, caring, humbleness, integrity, knowledge, motivating, mentoring, teaching and a positive outlook. These may not appear revolutionary on the surface, but the study revealed specific characteristics that heroes possess within each of these qualities. With this understanding, it is no wonder so many people rally when there is tragedy, triumph and need in the world.

The findings of Schuttler’s study, as well as vignettes from 11 contributing authors, are reported in Leader heroes: Everyday people making a difference. For more information on the Professional Progress Academy, visit

An internationally recognized researcher, author, and business consultant, Schuttler helps organizations around the world improve the skills of their leaders. In 2009, he received a national grant to study leadership during the financial crisis. He also authored the Best Seller Laws of communication: The intersection where leadership meets employee performance. For more information, contact Dr. Rich Schuttler at 1(855) 2DrRich or DrRich(at)DrRichSchuttler(dot)com or visit

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