For those who have transitioned from the military, the lackluster job market is not new information. But, over the past several months, the unemployment rate has dropped. This does not compute! How can the unemployment rate drop while the job market continues to be so abysmal? For many, it's because they quit looking.
I am one of those unemployed, but not in the unemployment statistics. It is depressing. Frustrating. Maddening. We are well educated vets with skills that can be used in the market, but the market isn't there. Unfortunately, this depressing situation can lead to feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness for those who want to work, but find there are no jobs available. And, these feelings can lead to suicidal ideation.
When we read articles like the one below, we should think beyond the information given. We should think about the consequences of these numbers and what we might be able to do to help our country's citizens.
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A medically retired, Iraqi Freedom veteran, Army Chaplain.