There are nearly one million unemployed military veterans in the U.S. according to the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and the Department of Labor reports that, for some veteran groups, unemployment is more than 20% higher than the national average. At the same time, Silicon Valley Bank reports that 90% of new startups will increase headcount this year, but that many of them can’t find the workers they need to do so. How are our soldiers – individuals who’ve made extraordinary sacrifice and who’ve received some of the most sophisticated training and leadership experience available – not returning home to the job security and stability for which we’ve led them to believe they’re fighting all along? And how are businesses still struggling to find good talent when it appears to be abundant?
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