Veterans Are Working, But Not in Jobs That Match Their Advanced Training
Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times
Erica Uleski fought to help her fellow service members as an Army medic in Iraq, working under brutal conditions to save lives teetering on the edge.
But when she returned to Virginia Beach in 2007 after three tours in Iraq, she found her extensive combat medical experience had little relevance in the civilian health care world, largely because she lacked the required licenses.
As a group, veterans are often hampered by the difficulty of converting skills gained in wars to private-sector jobs, a lack of strong professional networks, and a culture of treating veterans as charity cases.