Friday, September 12, 2014

Tough Topics: Military Unemployment

     This is going to be a bit of a different post than the other Tough Topics I've written about before. A couple of weeks ago, not long after the first of the series went live, I got an email from a Mister Bob Clary about writing a post for him. He told me that his company is an online learning program, but they're doing a special discount for the military because so many vets end up unemployed after their service.

     Of course, I was suspicious because of how many scams there are out there. I checked around and only saw positive feedback before even considering the offer, because you, my readers, are my friends and I would never want to suggest anything bad to my friends.

     Since I'm not enrolled in Webucator, I obviously cannot give a review of it or it's services. I am, however, enrolled in a different online school. My views of online learning are extremely high and positive, because it's at your own pace, without the stress of the classroom and everything that goes on there. Especially for somebody coming out of the military, I think it would be a good idea to do online learning, simply because you're trying to get out of the stressful situations, not go back into them.

     As for Webucator specifically, I'll have you read some of the reviews for yourself. I also ask that if you plan on spending the money, you check into things and make sure that you know where your money is going. That is your responsibility.

     Now, to get to the tough part of the conversation.

     The unemployment rate is higher for veterans than it is for non-veterans. A lot of people who join the military are fresh out of high school when they join. Then they leave, for whatever reason, but they had not spent the past several years working in a normal job field where they would learn the skills needed.

     They were working with guns, hoping not to get their heads blown off, while people their age were working on computer and customer skills to work in an office. They were waking up at 4 in the morning to do PT, spending time out in the field, and probably being shipped all over the world while their age group was in college to become doctors, lawyers, or teachers.

     I'm not going to bore you all with the exact unemployment rates (partially because I can't find a source recent enough to be accurate) but I've seen some that say the country over all was at 6.7 while military was 6.2, some that say it dropped after 9/11 and then rose drastically over the following years, some that say it was as high as 10-15%. But every single thing is telling me that military unemployment surpasses the country's unemployment as a whole.

     I get it- You don't want to hire somebody who doesn't have the qualifications to do it. Don't hire somebody with only a high school diploma to become a surgeon. That's totally understandable. But when they're struggling to get an entry level job where they can be trained? It's stupid. With access to more education, it's a good theory that they will be able to have enough qualifications to be able to at least get their foot in the door.

     Webucator is offering a coupon code [VETERANS2014] on their website to help make education more affordable for the vets. The deal is that you must use it by the end of the year, but after that, you'll have an entire year to complete the course at your own pace.

     In my life time, I would like to see the unemployment and the homeless rate drop down to 0. Everyone deserves a good job that they enjoy, a nice home to live in, and a good meal on the table every single day. Trust me, I've had times where I've had none of those things.

     I also don't want to hear anyone say, "Well, they should just get a job" or start with the government stuff or food stamps or using all the tax money. Don't even go there. It is not always that simple, in any sense of the arguments. I know people who have had a low paying, shit job, but still not qualify for government assistance when they had children. I know people who used it because they were lazy fucks who just didn't want to work. That is another topic for another day.

     Today, let's just try and remember that people who fought for our country, who lost limbs and friends and who need therapy to recover, are going to starve to death because they can't find a job when they come back home. For all my non-vets, go out and volunteer at a soup kitchen this month. Take some time to talk to the people there. Find out their story. I'll consider it a birthday present but you'll be the one thanking me.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional or an expert of any kind. What I post here is from the research that I've done mixed with my own personal experiences. If you feel that you need help of any kind, I urge you to seek it with local professionals who know what they're doing.

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