CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE RELEASES REPORT ON EMPLOYMENT TRENDS & PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS

by Art Gutman Ph.D., Professor, Florida Institute of Technology

The report documents employment trends for the 4th quarter 2008 through the 3rd quarter 2012. The report compares employment trends for Gulf War II Veterans (GWII) and other veterans to those for nonveterans. The unemployment rate is consistently higher for both groups of veterans than nonveterans. Additionally, it is both higher and more volatile and dynamic for GWII veterans than other veterans. Variables such as age and skill sets are discussed.

The report also documents three types of programs targeted at veterans:

(1) General programs for all veterans (Transition Assistance Program (TAP), the GI Bill, Veterans Requiring Assistance Program (VRAP), Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER), Federal Hiring Preferences and Special Hiring Authorities, Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), and Priority of Service Training programs). 

(2) Programs for Service-Connected Disabilities (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E), Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP), and Specialized Versions of Other Programs).

(3) Competitive Grant Programs for Supplemental Services (Veterans Workforce Investment program, Collaborative Veterans Training, Mentoring & Placement Program, and Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)

The full report may be read at http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42790.pdf.



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