The unemployment rate among post-9/11 Veterans is in double digits. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a sign of a weak economy, but also of the persistent gap in understanding many Americans have of the less-than-one-percent currently serving in uniform. In fact, some Vets I’ve talked to even fear putting their military service on their résumés. But the skills we developed in the military have real world utility that some potential employers don’t recognize. In an effort to highlight Veterans’ skills and to curb unemployment among Vets, the U.S. Department of Energy is stepping up.
Steve Dunwoody, a Veteran and DoE employee, recently wrote about Energy’s new program with the Edison Electric Institute: Troops to Energy. Through a pilot program, Veterans can receive transitional career training and counseling in preparation to enter the energy industry. The partnership hopes to bridge the Veteran employment gap and increase opportunities for Veterans in the energy sector.
Read more about Troops to Energy at the Department of Energy’s blog.