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  1. 1. 64°H: 78° L: 53°TrafficWednesday, May 1, 2013Complete. In-Depth. Dependable.Sign In / RegisterHOME / NEWS / LOCAL MILITARYResize textRelatedFirst lady MichelleObama listens at left asPresident Barack Obamaspeaks during an event topromote hiring militaryveterans, Tuesday, April30, 2013, in the EastRoom of the the WhiteHouse in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Veterans struggle to findjobs in OhioVeterans look for jobsand hopeMany veterans facehidden job hurdlesadvertisementPrivate sector commits to hire or train 435,000veterans and military spousesPosted: 12:05 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013BY BARRIE BARBER - STAFF WRITERWASHINGTON — Companies participating in a program to helpveterans find work have hired or trained 290,000 veterans andmilitary spouses since August 2011, nearly tripling the original goalof the program with about eight months to spare, according to theWhite House.First lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that the program calledJoining Forces has generated pledges from businesses to hire ortrain another 435,000 in the next five years.President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that too many companiesstill don’t recognize the skills that service members acquire as partof their military service. If they can saves live on the battlefield, theycan work in an ambulance or hospital, and if they can oversee aconvoy of equipment, they can help oversee a company’s supplychain, he said.“Too often, just when these men and women are looking forward tothe next chapter of their lives, they are stuck in neutral,” thepresident said.Jobs Cars Homes Classifieds Subscribe HelpHOME+ LOCAL+ MILITARY INVESTIGATIONS BUSINESS+ OPINION SPORTS+ LIFE+ SHOPAEVAN VUCCIPage 1 of 55/1/2013http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/news/local-military/private-sector-commits-to-hi...
  2. 2. Overall, the unemployment rate for veterans is actually lower than that for non-veterans. Thenation’s youngest veterans are the exception to that longstanding trend, with nearly one out offive under the age of 25 looking for a job. The unemployment rate last year was also in double-digits for those 25-34. Overall, the unemployment rate for those veterans serving since the Sept.11 attacks stood at 9.9 percent last year, a significant improvement from the previous year.In Ohio, veteran unemployment last year was 7.6 percent compared to 6.9 percent for thepopulation as a whole, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the state’s veterans whoserved since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the unemployment rate was 16.5 percent in 2012.Companies such as Sears, Walmart, AT&T and Deloitte have pledged to hire more formerservice members.In downtown Dayton, Deloitte sponsors an armed forces business resources group to helpveterans make the leap into civilian jobs, said Dan Marion, Deloitte Consulting LLP technologydirector in Dayton. The company has pledged nationwide to double the number of veterans itwill hire in the next three years.“I think the skills and leadership abilities and education and self-discipline that our formermilitary veterans bring certainly has application” outside of the military, said Marion, an AirForce veteran.Jason Weiser, 38, a Deloitte software consultant, is one of those veterans the company hired inDayton. But the search for a job for Weiser, a Harvard graduate with an MBA, was anything buteasy. He deployed six times to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa as a maintenance officerin the Air Force Reserve.Weiser, who lives in Kansas City, Ks., and commutes every week to Dayton, said his frequentdeployments became an obstacle to getting employment until he was hired at Deloitte. “Thatwas a huge problem when I came home in ‘08,” he said.Deloitte accepted his military experience and has eased his transition into the job, he said. “Thatwas a refreshing relief when I came to work for them,” he said.GE Aviation launched “Get Skills to Work,” a manufacturing training initiative at Cincinnati StateUniversity, with a goal to train 200 veterans this year, said Shannon Thompson, a companyspokeswoman in Evondale. “This is just a pilot project,” she said. “Nationwide, there’s abouteight to 10 other cities who will replicate what we do in Cincinnati.”At the Dayton VA Medical Center campus, the Volunteers of America prepares homelessveterans to find jobs at Miami Valley employers. So far, employers have hired about 180 veteransin less than two years, said Michael Salois, Volunteers of America director in Ohio.Former service members face the challenge of explaining what they did in the military intolanguage civilian employers understand, Salois said.Page 2 of 55/1/2013http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/news/local-military/private-sector-commits-to-hi...
  3. 3. Get AccessBrought to you by:In Ohio, county job centers have designated staff to help veterans prepare resumes for thecivilian workforce, or who may face medical disabilities, or homelessness as they search for ajob, said Benjamin Johnson, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services spokesman. “Weknow that veterans face some barriers to employment that the general population oftendoesn’t,” he said.In Ohio, state lawmakers have passed legislation meant to help veterans get professionalcredentials more easily to earn truck drivers licenses or physicians assistant licensing based ontheir prior experience in the military, said Michael McKinney, Ohio Department of VeteransServices spokesman.“There’s outreach going on to employers all the time to hire veterans,” he said.Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.Barrie Barber covers military affairs and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for the newspaper.Our region has a lot of veterans and military families and we are keeping up with the latest newson sequestration, veterans benifits and other issues. Follow Barrie on Twitter at @Barriebarber.If you have a news tip for Barrie, email him at barrie.barber@coxinc.comIf you would like to post a comment please Sign in or RegisterEnjoy Free Access now through June 4Enjoy this special preview of our new subscriber-onlypremium website. Register your account foruninterrupted access following our preview period.advertisementPage 3 of 55/1/2013http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/news/local-military/private-sector-commits-to-hi...
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