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'The unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars reached 14.7 percent in March, according to the latest government statistics.'
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It is particularly bad for the youngest veterans - with a jobless rate at 21.1%
for ages 18 to 24, 'well above the national jobless rate of 16.6 percent for nonveterans in the same age group, 18 to 24.' 'Young veterans tell of futile job hunt
' - and the situation keeps getting worse. It was 11.2% a year ago
, but regardless of the accuracy of the statistics
, 'veterans groups say the figures are unacceptable.
"It's unforgivable that new veterans are bearing the brunt of the economic downturn," said Tom Tarantino, legislative associate for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "This is no way to welcome a new generation of heroes home."'
'Paul Sullivan, director of Veterans for Common Sense, said these veterans are having difficulty finding work for several reasons. "Sometimes the skills from the battlefield don't transfer directly to civilian jobs," he said. He added that the military has a "spotty record" of providing transition assistance for soldiers leaving the military and returning to the civilian work force.
Other veterans groups agree.'