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One year ago in this space, I contributed an article chronicling the tragically high unemployment rate among returning veterans. As a veteran myself, I offered my insider’s point of view as to why veterans should be considered highly desirable prospective employees.

Although employment among veterans remains an urgent issue, great progress has been made. According to the federal government, businesses have hired or trained nearly 300,000 veterans and military spouses during the past two years. Although these organizations deserve our high regard and praise, they have also smartly acted upon sound business principles. Veterans of the U.S. military return to America as members of a uniquely cohesive, dedicated and skilled team. The skills developed and the ethos practiced in the military are universally deployable to workplaces across America, to help build individual businesses and fuel our economic recovery.

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