Fox 29's Bruce Gordon attended an event in Coatesville, for workers who both need — and deserve — help getting back to work. We're talking about military veterans, and their numbers tell the story: The jobless rate for all veterans is hovering around at 7.8 percent, and vets who've served since 9/11 are experiencing a whopping 12.7 percent unemployment rate.
William Perez, for instance, left a four year stint in the Air Force back in February, and he's been looking for regular work ever since. He was just one among hundreds of veterans who packed the Coatesville VA hall for the midday job fair, which featured nearly fifty local employers and included seminars on resume writing, interviewing and networking skills.
As to why recent veterans are having a particularly tough time moving from military to civilian work, it's the fact that there are fewer jobs waiting for them, and they've likely been out of the game for several years. Ironically, however, employers who've hired from this VA job fair in the past tend to give veteran employees their highest marks. Many say it's because the military has already taught these folks perseverance and leadership.
But despite all of our talk about honoring their service, and despite the government offering tax breaks and other inducements to get employers to hire these veterans, this nation is still allowing far too many to go from the front lines to the unemployment lines.