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Deciphering US Veteran Unemployment is Easy!

Posted by on November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Deciphering US Veteran Unemployment is Easy!
Tags: jobs for military veterans, support our military, support our troops, us military support, veteran job search, veterans employment

What is a Veteran? I like the following definition by an unknown author:

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including my life.”

World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919 outside the town of Versailles, France. Fighting had formally ceased some seven months earlier when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.  The following year, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first remembrance of Armistice Day. He saw it as a day filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.  The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 AM on November 11th.  On June 1, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name of the legal holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.

November 11th is the one day each year when Americans are asked to pause and honor our Veterans for their service to our great Nation.   Veterans Day gives us all the opportunity to celebrate the bravery, service, heroism, gallantry and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans and to say “thank you” to the men and women who have fought to protect the Freedoms we all enjoy today.

We really appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers, for sure, but that isn’t enough. Frankly, as a whole, there is not enough done for current and former members of our military. There are many groups that try to do the right thing only dominated by far too many anecdotal local, state and federal government programs.   But we can all do more, even if it’s just by way of the occasional donation; although please do not infer or mistaken, “we are not asking for any handouts.”

Those lucky enough to make it home often need help. “Help” is a big, broad term, and it could mean financial help, physical help, psychological help — it could mean lots of things. The ongoing struggles of our military people and their spouses aren’t always obvious to the casual observer.

We have over four hundred thousand (400,000) unemployed 9/11 US Veterans and two hundred thousand (200,000) veterans from other wars desperately looking for and in need of work.  We are slowly feeling the additional surge of the transitioning soldiers and veterans coming back to the United States from Iraq and Afghanistan; the full impact will not be felt till late 2012 and 2013.

I have the distinct privilege of thanking Service Disabled Veterans, Veterans alike and their spouses for their selfless service through my role as the Regional Hire Patriots Leader for Washington, DC and Maryland. One of the many goals of this program is to help active duty military, service disabled veterans, veterans alike and their spouses get a leg up affording them temporary and or permanent employment.  Any type of employment, rather helping someone move from one place to another; basic lawn work; carpentry; electrician; plumbing; carpets or flooring, demolition, masonry or more complex jobs like IT; telecommunications; security, financial accounting, and so much more.

There is no surprise the economy is in the toilet and our active duty soldiers, service disabled veterans, veterans alike and their spouses need help; waiting for the local, state and federal government to engage is not an option. The proposed bailout plan(s) will only result in a temporary band-aide solution to a long-term structural problem that requires an entirely different set of solutions than monetization and leverage.  The President and most certainly Congress talk about this frequently; although muddle up the waters and make finding and effective and immediate solution impossible.  Truth be told, any real and effective answers to our problems will not come from our politicians, it will come from those of you reading this brief.

The solution is easy; all we need to do as a nation is to care enough – I mean HONESTLY CARE ENOUGH – not the anecdotal political retort we hear each and every day.  Care enough to make restoring the lives of those who wrote those blanks check made payable to “The United States of America,” for an amount of “up to and including their life.”  Care enough for those who protect and continue to be the ‘Guardians at the Gate.’

Here are a couple of easy solutions:
1. If just one out of every sixty (60) businesses in the US would employee one US Veteran in 2012, every unemployed veteran would have a job.  Plus those business will receive a significant tax rebates for hiring a veteran;
2. If one resident and or business out of every thousand (1,000) in the US would post a One Day Job or inquire to hire a veteran as opposed to using ADECCO, Freddie Mac Fannie Mae and the countless other Temporary Agencies; every unemployed veteran in the US would be able to earn money today and every day;

The solution is easy; however we need your help. Will you consider my request and ‘Start the Charge?”  Post a Job today, part time, full time and or one day right here on HirePatriots.com for free.  If you have any questions and or concerns call and or email me, I will help you.

Make Veterans Day a Turning Point for Them!

Visit us online at www.vet-sca.com and at http://www.hirepatriots.com/leader-sites/washington-dc/

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Mark Baird

Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a HirePatriots.com website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.

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