Veterans Battling High Unemployment

Times are tough for everyone, but veterans face a more dismal economic outlook than the average person. The unemployment rate among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is higher than the rate for the general population, a trend reflected in the D.C.; 13 percent of District veterans are unemployed, compared to 11.1. percent of the entire population.

[Cris] McRae says despite some opinions to the contrary, his experience on the battlefield makes him the perfect hire.

“A lot of employers have a hard time hiring veterans. They look at the veterans as the crazies,” he says. “The way they should look at it is this guy is so professional, he’s been doing one of the hardest jobs in the world and now he can bring his experience here. He can bring that professionalism, that leadership, and that drive to succeed anywhere he goes.”

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