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Veterans Struggling To Find Jobs

The head of the Indiana National Guard says more must be done to help address joblessness among veterans.

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Many veterans struggle to find suitable employment after returning from deployment.

As the country honors those who have served in the military, the head of the Indiana National Guard says more must be done to help address joblessness among veterans.

As the state and the country struggle to recover from the recession, the job market is tough for all Hoosiers. But General Martin Umbarger says it’s even more difficult for returning service members.

“We’re about eight to nine percent, the average unemployment of our nation. To service members, veterans, it’s somewhere around 22, 23 percent.”

Umbarger says the state is already helping by making sure veterans get priority service at its job centers. And organizations like the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve help facilitate cooperation between service members and private employers. But Umbarger says it’s still a critical issue.

“The majority of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines work for small businesses, not the large companies so anyone that’s hearing this and you’ve got a job opening…give us a call.”

Umbarger participated in the Veterans Day memorial service and parade in Indianapolis Friday.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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