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Hiring Our Heroes

  • Soldiers fill out applications during the “Hiring Our Heroes", hiring fair for veterans and military spouses.

    Returning from war is not an easy thing. Returning from war and needing a job is even more difficult. Right now, the national unemployment rate is 7.7 percent. For post-9/11 veterans, it's more than 10 percent. There's a massive effort underway to change that.

  • Job applicants register at a military job fair for National Guardsmen, veterans and their families.

    The transition from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to working in the private sector can be a difficult one.

  • Post-Military Careers Tuesday, 27 Mar 2012 | 8:22 AM ET
    Military veterans face a massive adjustment when returning to civilian life. It’s not only a matter of transitioning from an ordered and regimented existence to a civilian’s more autonomous life; about a quarter of all Gulf War –era II veterans (anyone who served after September 2001) are also returning with a service-connected disability. However, disabled vets are working almost as much as non-disabled veterans (an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent in July 2010 vs 8.7 percent, according to the

    We consulted with Debbie Gregory of MilitaryConnection.com, as well as representatives from Military.com, for a list of the industries where the most ex-military personnel find work.

  • Immelt: Why GE Believes in Hiring Our Heroes Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 | 3:06 PM ET

    "Veterans have led in the field; they can lead in a factory or research facility. Veterans believe in getting the job done and doing it in the right way," writes GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt.

  • GI Bill Benefit Cut Tied to Jump in Veteran Employment? Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 2:29 PM ET
    U.S. military veterans arrive to meet potential employers at a job fair for former servicemen and women on the campus of Rutgers University on March 13, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey

    After charting five consecutive years of steady growth in the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported a sharp five-percentage point decline in January and February of this year, bringing the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans below that of the general population for the first time since 2008.

  • Hiring Heroes Good Business, Right Thing To Do Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 10:10 AM ET
    Job applicants register at a military job fair for National Guardsmen, veterans and their families.

    At Lockheed Martin, we believe America’s veterans should not return from the front line to stand in the unemployment line … and we’re working to make sure that doesn’t happen.

  • Guest Blog: Want to Hire an Aircraft Carrier Driver? Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 1:38 PM ET
    US Air Force C-130

    If one were to consider the story of today’s military veterans, they are often stuck in a similar situation when it comes to securing a new career in our civilian society. It’s both a challenge to the out-processing military hero and to the company giving an interview.

  • USB CEO on Hiring Veterans Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 7:11 PM ET

    U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis explains how his company is committed to hiring veterans.

  • Matt Thompson and Blake Hall

    TroopSwap is a full-fledged e-commerce and daily deals site exclusively for veterans, service members and their families. The discount site offers up to 90 percent off on everything from skydiving to legal services, vacations and restaurants.

  • Many Franchises Offer Discounts and Training Friday, 23 Mar 2012 | 11:43 AM ET
    Will Kosnitch

    Snap-on Tools is one of several franchises that have been offering financial discounts and special training for veterans who are looking to transition back to civilian life.

  • Veterans Are Turning to Start-ups Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 3:35 PM ET

    Faced with soaring unemployment rates, many returning Iraq and Afghan war veterans are taking matters into their own hands by starting their own businesses.

  • Facing Cutbacks, Veterans Worry About Jobs Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 1:15 PM ET
    U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Evans scans the area through a pair of binoculars while Spc. Brendon Quisenberry pulls rear security during a security halt on a route reconnaissance mission near Mir-e, Afghanistan.

    With plans on the table to cut thousands of military jobs in the coming months, new research shows the servicemen and women who could be forced out aren't optimistic about their prospects for future employment.

Videos

  • Hiring Heroes: Wall Street Wants You!     Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 11:52 AM ET

    CNBC's Kayla Tausche reports there is a major push at some of Wall Street's biggest financial institutions to find and hire fresh talent among American's veterans.

  • Hiring Our Heroes     Monday, 26 Mar 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Veteran hiring is a priority for one company-- not out of sympathy but as an investment in the bottom-line. Tom Brokaw reports for Dateline NBC.

  • Franchises Are the Heroes of America: CEO     Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 5:30 AM ET

    Jim Amos, president and CEO of Tasti D-Lite, told CNBC, that franchises were the real heroes of the US economy and offer the solution to economic ills domestically and around the world.

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