Posted on Nov 5, 2013
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Despite several local, State and Federal programs for job creation, skill development, apprenticeship programs,members of Guards and Reserves continue to face high un and under employment.In California, the rate is around 25%. 

Do you have any personal experience helping  unemployed/underemployed service members ( enlisted/Warrant/Officer) ? What were the challenges you faced ? What was your assessement of the situation that caused the  SM to be unemployed or under employed ? e.g lack of skills, education, family support, homelessness, lack of transportation, legal issue, divorce, ,medical/health etc. 

What resources did you or the SM try to seek that actually seemed to work ? What resources did you or the SM seek that were a waste of time and possibly government funds. 

What was the final outcome of the exercise  and what was the lesson learnt ?


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Georgeann Carter
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Cpl Ray Fernandez
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Most of what I've seen comes from the employer's side. We live in a society now where overwhelming majority of the population do not understand the military and its veterans. You have many employers that assume that military members were either uneducated, or have problems like PTSD. With the lack of understanding of the benefits of the military they are likely unwilling to give a service member an opportunity.

Another problem is that many employers don't want uncertainty. With the military actions of the last decade and the use of National Guard and Reserves many employers don't want to invest the time and money to train someone only to have them leave for anywhere from a few months to a year. Sadly most businesses support the troops when it comes to taking our money, but when it comes to supporting them by giving them opportunities after active duty or while serving in the reserves it seems like that support is only lip service.
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CMC Robert Young
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One of the most significant drivers for unemployment among the SELRES and NG members is simply after a decade of back to back recalls to active duty, employers don't want take a chance that the service member will deployed leaving a hole in their workforce. That coupled with mis-information about PTSD, TBI, military commitments and a host of other issues that impact the member, employers view us as a bad risk.
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