Veterans Unemployment Rate Drops Again

Photo courtesy of themilitarywallet.com

The corporate focus on providing jobs to veterans seems to making an impact. Labor statistics released Friday show that unemployment among veterans dropped for a sixth month in a row.

The jobless rate among veterans of all generations stands at 6.9 percent, down from 8.6 percent a year ago.

Among veterans who served after 9-11, unemployement is still above the national rate of 8.3 percent. The Post 9-11 veterans unemployment rate is 8.9 percent but that’s down from 12.4 percent in July 2011.

There is concern to keep the trend going. Some advocates are calling on the federal government to extend tax credits for companies that hire veterans. Those tax credits are due to run out at the end of 2012.

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U.S. Marine Turned UFC Middleweight Shares His Tale of War

Brian Stann (photo courtesy of MMAUKblog.com)

Here’s a compelling video from Fuel TV of a U.S. Marine turned UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) Middleweight. I admittedly am not knowledgeable about the “ultimate fighters” sport, but I have met enough Marines to understand that Brian Stann was an ultimate fighter for his country long before he went into the Octagon.

Watch the video and you’ll understand.

Stann gives details on his harrowing mission for which he was awarded the Silver Star. He continues to help his fellow soldiers working through Hire Heroes USA.

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