Juliette Kayyem on unemployed veterans

Mass. Vets Tout Skills with Help from Comcast
The Boston Globe
February 13, 2012
Op-ed by: Juliette Kayyem, lecturer in public policy with the Belfer Center and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Unemployed veterans

“RECENT DATA showing declines in the unemployment rate and first-time unemployment insurance requests is hopeful news, if a long time coming. But there has been a stubborn persistence in the data that makes little sense given the emotional sentiment to fix it: the numbers of veterans who remain unemployed. The rates of unemployment can be, for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans ages 18 to 24, more than double the national rate. This is a systemic problem and one that seems to be resisting change.

It may finally be time to take a cue from the romantic holiday we celebrate tomorrow: finding and keeping the perfect match is often about good communication. If women are from Venus, and men from Mars, where is a an Army staff sergeant from?”

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