Veterans Have Trouble Finding Jobs


POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 5:43pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 9:14am

Our military veterans are having a hard time landing jobs. A labor department report said finding work is especially tough for those who've served overseas during the last decade.

"It is difficult to find a job here, especially in El Paso. You don't find it very veteran friendly. It's been a struggle," said veteran David Nevarez.

And it's not just veterans in the borderland, veterans across the country are having problems finding work.

"You can send out all your applications, but it's finding a job that's difficult," said veteran Gilbert Moreno.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics said the jobless rate for all veterans was 8.3 percent last year.

The unemployment rate for veterans who have served on active duty since September 2001 is a lot higher, standing at 12.1 percent.

Gilbert Moreno served in Iraq for two years and he said he's having trouble find a job that pays more than minimum wage.

"I started eight months prior to my getting out and I thought that's early enough to start looking and i haven't found anything."

Fort Bliss officials said that should not be the case.

"I'm not sure why they've said that because soldiers are probably the most marketable people in the world for employment," said Randy Stovall with the Army Career and Alumni Program.

The Army Career and Alumni Program on Fort Bliss helps soldiers and veterans find jobs.

"We provide them with assistance in resume writing, job search skills, interview skills, how to dress skills, how to negotiate salaries and anything that's related to them going in the civilian community to find employment."

Officials said there are plenty of jobs out there.

Spc. Jason Kramer is getting out of the army in a year and he's already on the hunt.

"After six years, I've decided to leave the military. It's a rough economy, so you want to get an early start to be prepared," Kramer said.

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Veterans aren't the only ones that are having trouble finding jobs. I think that America should do anything they can to help these heros find jobs. I also think that more Americans would be able to find jobs in El Paso if companies didn't refuse to hire anyone that doesn't speak fluent Spanish.

Same here. I run into many problems with jobs, cant even be a police officer with PTSD and a TBI so there are severe limitations to my employment options. I would love to be a securtiy guard for someone who needs their house set up for security installiation and private security guard. I am an Army Ranger with 8 years of service with deployments to both the Iraq and Afganistan theatre of combat, I was an Airassult Infantryman and am verry aware of my surroundings and good at what I do. Thing is what I do is only good for protecting people, cant be a police

My husband is a veteran. He separated from the Air Force in 2007. He has had a really hard time finding employment above minimum wage and had to take a job at Walmart at minimum wage just for us to get by. They have not even given him any work hours for the past two weeks and this has been happening for the past two months. So when it is said veterans are easy to hire and get preference is not true because to employers we are just worth a tax cut to employers; they hire them but they don't give them a chance to advance or even earn a paycheck.
Marlene, a proud veteran's wife

Hi Marlene, your story hit home for me. Can you please email me at I would like to talk with you.


Marlene, I don't usually do this but if you can, please email me at I would like to talk with you and your husband.



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