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Unemployment Problem Facing Young Veterans Demands Attention

6/1/2011

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In it's May issue, The Atlantic Monthly reports on the on the unemployment problem facing young veterans.

"Bin Laden was dead and I knew I had to be at Ground Zero.

I wasn't the only one. Hundreds of people, a crush of New Yorkers, tourists, college students, 9/11 first responders, and young Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, gathered there on an otherwise quiet Sunday night. The atmosphere was respectful and solemn, as far as celebrations go. But while I welcomed the bin Laden news as much as the cops standing next to me did, I felt caught in a sudden turning point: Americans, right before my eyes, were celebrating and closing the book on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I felt numb. My mind shifted to the many thousands of troops still deployed overseas. I thought about the hurdles so many of them would face coming home. Most of all, I thought about the men and women who had never come home and never lived to see this moment."

Read the full article here.

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