Veteran Unemployment Still a Concern as 2012 Election Approaches - Page 2
Organizations dealing with veteran’s employment believe things are getting better all the way around. Robert Walker, Director, Events & National Accounts for Recruit Military says his organization is a veteran owned and operated company that sets up employment events for veterans nationally on a regular basis.
I asked Walker how do veterans benefit. “We’ve all been there. We know what it’s like to get out of the service and say OK, what do I do next? So a Recruit Military Expo basically becomes the venue where organizations and veterans come to do what is usually the last part of the interview process – a face-to-face meeting with potential employers. I’ve noticed that over the past few years many companies now really want to do their part, ” he said.
Kimberly Brewer, Vice President, Human Resources & Compliance for Atlas Machine & Supply, Inc., agreed with Walker’s assessment. Her company takes part in events held by Recruit Military. Brewer said, “Our workforce is actually growing, and we’re doing really well. We are looking for skilled individuals like machinists, welders and engine machinists."
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, veterans tend to be older than the non-veteran population, are changing demographically, and younger veterans have a higher percentage of women and have more racial and ethnic diversity than older veterans. The current economic environment is challenged to absorb the some 2 million veterans transitioning from the war, and although president Obama did not win the veteran vote in 2008, his certificate initiative may help close the 24% gap Romney has over him by Election Day.