The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty since September 2001 hovers at around 5.8 percent, which is higher than the national average of 5 percent. And even when employed, about half of veterans leave their first jobs after the military within a year of transitioning home and 65 percent within two years, according to a survey on job retention among veterans.
These statistics are encouraging veterans and advocates to focus on a smoother transition from military to civilian life. Medal of Honor recipient and retired Army Captain Florent Groberg has partnered with LinkedIn to encourage more hiring managers to pay attention to the skills that veterans have to offer.
"Our veterans program is about how many vets we can empower to find employment," Groberg said.
Currently, the technology sector is a big part of this mission, both in the networking platform and ultimate work placement.
Groberg told CNBC that the program will assist around 100,000 veterans this year with free premium subscriptions to LinkedIn.
"What I learned after many failures is that networking is the solution."