The jobs picture for many veterans has improved significantly during the last year, though those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, in particular, still face challenges in finding employment. Programs, such as those spearheaded by President Obama, have helped to spur interest among employers in hiring vets.
The president's initiative, which includes the participation of more than 2,000 businesses has resulted in job opportunities for 125,000 veterans and their spouses, with pledges to hire some 250,000 more in coming years. Many employers have also established their own corporate recruiting plans aimed at former military members, including 100 that have been named the Top Military Friendly Employers of 2013, as compiled by G.I. Jobs.