Most disabled veterans are young men between the ages of 18 and 24 who lack a college degree. This puts veterans at a major disadvantage over those with whom they are competing for jobs.
Improvements in military medicine have thankfully reduced the battlefield mortality rate for soldiers from the Iran and Iraq wars. However, those who are injured often require specialized long-term mental and physical care.
According to veterans polled by the Pew Research Center, the most significant factors affecting veteran re-entry into civilian life include1:
Harder Time Transitioning If
|Experienced a traumatic event|
|Post 9/11 veteran|
|Served in combat|
|Acquaintance killed or injured|
Less Difficult Time Transitioning If
|Understood their specific mission|
|Religious (Post 9/11 veteran)|
To make matters more disturbing, the jobless rate of returning Iran and Iraq war veterans is higher than veterans from any other era. Moreover, those who return with a disability are twice as likely to be unemployed.
But this is more than just providing jobs. It is about building a sustainable career in a great industry. Our disabled veterans should not have to settle for jobs in security, law enforcement or construction – unless that is what they really want to do for their extended careers.
These brave men and women served their country protecting the freedoms we enjoy. While many are turned away from promising career opportunities because of their lack college degrees or business experience, their battlefield experiences, loyalty and commitment to serve make them great candidates for careers in the insurance industry.
1 The Economist- December 17, 2011 Edition