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Former Army Staff Sergeant To Receive Medal of Honor
On February 11, 2013, former army SSgt. Clinton Romesha will be awarded the Medal of Honor for courageous actions and valor in Afghanistan in 2009.
On Oct. 3, 2009, SSgt. Romesha repelled one of the deadliest attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Romesha was attached to the 61st Cav Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team with the 4th Infantry Division.
Approximately 100 Taliban fighters attacked Combat Outpost Keating leaving 8 Americans killed and 22 others wounded.
SSgt. Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and was injured when he engaged another one. While injured, Romesha led a five-man team and continued repelling Taliban attackers. According to his citation, he moved about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets. While still under enemy fire, Romesha saved several of his troops and retrieved the bodies of other fallen soldiers.
The attack and Romesha's heroism was profiled in the book "The Outpost" by Jake Tapper, formerly of ABC News.
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Walmart Pledges To Hire 100,000 Veterans
This week, Walmart pledged to hire 100,000 veterans in the next five years. In addition, Walmart pledged to also hire any veteran who wants a job.
The program will officially kick off this coming Memorial Day.
Veteran Unemployment Rates
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans is currently at 10% (Nov). That rate is higher than the 6.6% overall rate for all veterans.
Among female veterans of both ware, the rate is even more sobering sitting at 12.9%, nearly double the 6.9% rate for women, both military and non-military.
Note: Veterans can navigate this blog for many resources to help them find jobs.