The stated goal of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to help Veterans succeed in every aspect of their lives. The only way to measure success for any particular group is by comparing and contrasting specified data against that of another group. In an attempt to gauge the current level of success Veterans are having in regards to employment and the VA programs that are geared to assist them, the VA recently published the findings of its 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report.
The report reflects data covering the large spectrum of the VA’s mission to provide transitioning Veterans with the ability to compete and remain relevant in a changing economy. The VA refers to this as Veterans’ “economic competiveness” and encompasses nearly all aspects of Veteran employment, including earnings, independent living, housing, and educational accomplishment.
Over the years, and increasingly so in the years since September 11, 2001, many executive orders, legislative changes, government policies and programs have been implemented to improve the economic competitiveness of Veterans. The purpose of the report is to identify which of these federal initiatives are effective, in an attempt to form future strategies for optimizing service for Veterans.
Among the report’s key findings:
· Even though national unemployment rates have declined, approximately 53% of separating Post-9/11 Veterans will face a period of unemployment.
· 95% of Veterans will find employment before using their full unemployment benefits
· Post-9/11 Veterans are averaging 11% higher median earnings than their non-Veteran peers.
· Female Veterans are averaging 14% higher median earnings than their non-Veteran peers.
· 1.8 million claimants applied for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.
· Veterans under the age of 25 make up 58% of the Post-9/11 GI Bill beneficiaries.
· 8% of Veterans transfer their GI Bill benefits to a dependent.
· Female Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill have a 10% higher completion rate than males.
· Female Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill have a 5% higher completion rate than female students in the general population.
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