Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Helping Veterans Find Jobs: Resources and More Resources; Best Cities For Veterans and Spouses to Find Jobs; Honoring Our Fallen Women Warriors; RIP Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tso; It's National Police Week

"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?"...George Canning

Helping Veterans Find Jobs

"We don't know where to go. Nobody tells us anything. It's just like, "Thanks for your service. Here you go." Army veteran

Dedicated to Heroes finds it an obligation to bring up the issue of employment for veterans every few months. Most military personnel transitioning into civilian life face many challenges. One of those challenges is finding a job especially in a weak economy.

As of April 2012,  unemployment among Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans stood at about 9.2% compared to the national rate of 8.1%. For those veterans 25-34 years of age, it is now at 11.5%. In addition, unemployment among military spouses currently stands at 26%. These numbers translate into about 200,000 veterans ages 18-24 who are out of work.

While these challenges will remain for the foreseeable future, there are resources available to help veterans and their spouses find work. Some of these resources include the following:

Also, you are reminded to also visit Career Builder and Monster, both good job search sites.

In addition, Military.com reported on the best cities for service members and spouses to find jobs. These include: Washington, D.C., Phoenix, AZ, Orlando, Fla. , Bethesda, Md., Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and Virginia Beach, Va.

Honoring Some of Our Fallen Women Warriors

As of the end of 2011, there were 37 U.S. military female fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan. In keeping with our honoring fallen heroes, I wanted to take this moment to acquaint you with some of those brave women. An entire list of fallen women warriors can be found on facebook at American Women Veterans.
Army Pfc. Katie M. Soeksen. KIA May 2, 2007. Iraq

Marine Cpl. Ramona M. Valdez. KIA June 3, 2005. Iraq

Army Capt. Kimberly M. Hampton. KIA January 2, 2004. Iraq

RIP Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tso

The Navajo Nation and the United States of America lost another Code Talker, Samuel Tso. Code Talker Tso was 89. He served in the Marines with the 5th Marine Division from 1943 to 1946. Tso was also one of the Marines who captured Iwo Jima. Private First Class Tso was a highly decorated Marine. Tso was one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers.

This Week Is National Police Week

The total Line of Duty deaths for law enforcement to date is 37. Fifteen have been killed by gunfire, nine in automobile deaths and three were stabbed. The remaining Line of Duty deaths included heart attacks, vehicle assaults, falls and duty related illnesses.

The most recent death included Chester, PA, Police Officer Avery Freeman on April 30, 2012. He died from surgery complications after injuring his knee while on duty in March of 2012. Officer Freeman was a 17 year veteran.

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