The service and sacrifice of American veterans can be — and often is — sincerely acknowledged with a simple, “Thank You.” At Goodwill Fort Worth, we know how important it is for veterans to hear those simple words. It’s also true that successfully returning to civilian life often requires more support than a gesture of gratitude can provide.
Veterans develop many skills during their military service but also experience higher unemployment and underemployment than other Americans when they leave the Armed Services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who have served since September 2001 was 3.8 percent in September 2018. The overall jobless rate was 3.9 percent.
“Veterans — particularly women veterans — have been a key focus for Goodwill. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 10 percent of America’s 20.4 million veterans are women.
Goodwill initiatives such as our VetWorthy program equip veterans and military families with tools specifically designed to help them transition from service to meaningful employment, including dress etiquette, skills training and résumé writing, and leads to support services, such as housing. In addition, advice on translating military skills to civilian applications has proven effective in putting veterans to work.
Join Goodwill this Veteran’s Day in recognizing the service and sacrifice of the more than 20 million Americans who have served our country as part of our Armed Services by helping them find meaningful work.