Push Under Way To Hire Veterans In Public, Private Sectors

veterans unemployedBy Deanna Glick, AOL Government

This is the second of a three-part series examining government services addressing key challenges among military veterans amid high unemployment, a woeful economic outlook and an anticipated influx of of veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan in the next few years.

When Nick Colgin came back from treating gunshot wounded soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan, he set out to find a job doing what he had done well enough to save lives in the war-torn country.

Instead, the Army veteran was under- or unemployed for two years.

"The job market wasn't nearly as bad when I got back in 2008 as it is now," said Colgin, who was hired last month to work for the nonprofit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "I wanted a job. I didn't want a handout."

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