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Veterans who are returning from combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan find an employment situation that is discriminatory. Many employers are leery about hiring veterans, because of the widespread incidence of post traumatic stress disorder among soldiers returning from combat. However, even veterans who do not suffer from PTSD can be discriminated against in employment.
Most employers are wary of hiring veterans who suffer from symptoms of post-dramatic stress disorder. This is a psychological condition that is often found in soldiers who have returned from active combat. Post traumatic stress disorder can include symptoms like depression, panic attacks, anxiety, nightmares, flashbacks and a number of other symptoms that can severely limit a person's ability to lead a normal life. Many employers don't want to take on the stresses associated with hiring an employee who may not be in the best of mental health.
According to a recent survey, approximately 46% of all employers said that the existence of PTSD or any other psychological disorders was definitely a hindrance in the hiring of veterans. Last year, a survey of hiring managers found that 39% were less favorable toward hiring veterans with psychological disorders.
California veterans benefits lawyers Some of this discriminatory attitude toward veterans with post traumatic stress disorder may be the result of the fact that some sections of the media have over-sensationalized this condition. There is no doubt that post traumatic stress disorder is a serious psychological disorder. If left untreated, a person with post traumatic stress disorder can even commit suicide. It's no secret that veterans returning from combat account for a high portion of suicides, with one out of every 5 suicides in the country committed by veterans.
However, PTSD is definitely treatable, and there are treatments that are available for veterans who suffer from this condition. If a veteran is being treated for the condition, there is no reason why an employer should worry about hiring him.
This is news that should concern veterans’ groups, and California veterans benefits lawyers who know the difficult financial circumstances of veterans who find it hard to obtain their rightful benefits. According to statistics by the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, there was an increase in the unemployment rate among veterans in December 2011.
This increase was seen even as there was an overall drop in the national unemployment rate. The national unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in 3 years, but among veterans, the number increased slightly. In November, the unemployment rate was 11.1% among veterans, and that increased to 13.1% in December. Unemployment seems to affect female veterans even worse than male veterans. In December, approximately 21.6% of female veterans were unemployed.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, currently about 240,000 vets are unemployed. Unemployment payments made to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have spiked from $452 million dollars in 2008 to a staggering $940 million in 2011. What's more, California veterans benefits lawyers believe that the unemployment problem among veterans will actually increase over the next couple of years, as veterans begin to return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of these veterans are coming home to a job market that is severely depressed, and are lacking in skills that can help them compete in a highly competitive job market.
The federal administration is aware of this dire employment situation, and has begun to implement certain programs that are meant to encourage employment opportunities for veterans. For example, the Hire a Veteran bill which was signed by the President in November would offer tax credits and other incentives to businesses that hire veterans. However, it will be a while before California veterans benefits lawyers actually see any results from those programs.
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