Veterans Employment


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    RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute

    The RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute, housed at RAND, is dedicated to conducting innovative, interdisciplinary, evidence-based research to improve the lives of those who have served in the U.S. military.

    Jul 15, 2021

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    How Veterans Fare in the Civilian Labor Market

    Around 200,000 service members transition to the civilian labor market every year. They often find it's like falling into another dimension, one where employers don't even speak the same language. More than a decade of RAND research has sought to ease that transition.

    Nov 4, 2022

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    Essential Skills Veterans Gain During Professional Military Training: A Resource for Veterans and Transitioning Service Members

    This reference card helps veterans and military personnel translate the nontechnical skills they learned in the services into language that civilian employers can understand.

    Apr 29, 2016

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    Essential Skills Veterans Gain During Professional Military Training

    A concise reference card that identifies many of the skills that transitioning service members and veterans have learned in professional military training programs serves as a resource for leaders and hiring managers.

    Apr 29, 2016

  • Army reservists hook a bay bridge to a CH-47 Chinook helicopter using a sling harness during a slingload training operation at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas


    Job Placement Assistance for Military Reservists

    There are 40 federal programs, resources, and offices that provide job placement assistance that can be accessed by reserve component members. There is potential overlap among the programs and clearer guidance on how to navigate them is needed.

    Mar 24, 2016

  • Hundreds of veterans and 115 companies attend a military job fair in San Francisco, California, August 25, 2015


    The Changing Landscape of Veteran Employment Programs

    To understand trends in veteran employment, data must be collected on such factors as gender, race/ethnicity, military career field, and period and length of military service. In turn, this information will help policymakers tailor and adjust programs to target obvious gaps in career assistance efforts.

    Nov 10, 2015

  • David Milan, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Army Reserves, waits to speak with a recruiter during a job fair in Naperville, Illinois, October 27, 2011


    Warriors in the Civilian Workforce: Helping Veterans Transition

    ​Americans who served during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continue to face higher jobless rates than nonveterans. A growing body of RAND research has sought to identify what can help get more of them back on the job.

    Oct 28, 2015

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    RAND Review: November-December 2015

    This issue reports on efforts to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce; uptake of buprenorphine as a recovery drug for those addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers; ways to combat poppy cultivation in Afghanistan; and more.

    Oct 19, 2015

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    Translating Veterans' Training into Civilian Job Skills

    Military forces are trained in both technical specialties and "soft" skills that are vital to success in the civilian sector. This infographic translates examples of soft skills taught in the military into essential civilian workforce competencies.

    Oct 12, 2015

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    Lessons from the 100,000 Jobs Mission

    Using Zwick Impact Funds, RAND convened a workshop connecting leaders in the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor with leaders in industry to address the challenges that remain surrounding veteran employment.

    Oct 1, 2015

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    Have Beyond Yellow Ribbon Programs Met Their Goals?

    Beyond Yellow Ribbon funding supports programs intended to provide critical outreach services to personnel returning from deployments and ease their transition into civilian life. An assessment of 13 such programs can help stakeholders and congressional policymakers as they consider future BYR allocations.

    May 4, 2015

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    Research Brief

    Connecting Veterans and Employers

    The successes and challenges companies who are proponents of veteran employment have experienced highlight areas where civilian employers and federal agencies can take steps to increase veteran opportunities in the workplace.

    Feb 27, 2015

  • U.S. Army soldiers cheer as U.S. President Barack Obama signs H.R. 3230, the Veteran's Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014


    Research Drives Ongoing Support for Veterans

    On November 11, we honor the service and sacrifices of America's veterans. But as they return home and adjust to civilian life, veterans and their families face new challenges and communities struggle to meet their unique needs. Rigorous research is essential to addressing these challenges and finding long-term solutions. RAND explores key issues concerning veterans such as employment, health and well-being, family support, and education.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    Military Veteran Employment Valued, but Challenges Still Need to Be Addressed

    Businesses report that U.S. military veterans make excellent employees, but companies still experience challenges locating and hiring them, including continuing difficulty understanding the match between military skills and civilian job requirements.

    Nov 10, 2014

  • Soldiers line up to check in for the job fair sponsored by the Fort Campbell, Ky., Army Career and Alumni Program office


    Military Veteran Employment Valued, but Challenges Still Need to Be Addressed

    Businesses report that U.S. military veterans make excellent employees, but companies still experience challenges locating and hiring them, including continuing difficulty understanding the match between military skills and civilian job requirements.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    Why Is Veteran Unemployment So High?

    Between 2000 and 2011, younger veterans were on average 3.4 percentage points more likely to be unemployed than similarly situated younger nonveterans. However, this difference falls rapidly with age and time since military separation.

    Jun 25, 2014

  • A Marine with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 smiles at his daughter after returning from a deployment


    The Long-Term Benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill for Military and Veteran Families

    Almost 450,000 servicemembers have elected to transfer some portion of their GI Bill benefits, predominantly to their children. These numbers suggest the extent of the Bill's potential effects on social mobility and educational attainment for the next generation.

    May 14, 2014

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    Health and Economic Outcomes in the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project: 2010–2012

    This report describes how Wounded Warrior Project alumnus respondents are faring in domains related to mental health and resiliency, physical health, and employment and finances.

    Feb 24, 2014

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    Employer Partnership Program Analysis of Alternatives

    The Employer Partnership Program (EPP) supports U.S. military reservists and their civilian employers, and maintains a website that allows employers to recruit among reservists, veterans, and family members. This study analyzed usage data from the EPP's website, conducted case studies of Army Reserve units, and interviewed program stakeholders.

    Jan 7, 2013

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    We Need a Public-Private Approach to Supporting Veterans

    Honoring the sacrifices of veterans should be front and center on our policy agenda and not limited to one day a year, says Terri Tanielian.

    Nov 12, 2012

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    Unemployment Among Post-9/11 Veterans and Military Spouses After the Economic Downturn

    Policymakers need to understand whether military spouses succeed at finding jobs and how veterans fare economically after they leave the military. But these groups differ from the civilian population in important ways, making comparisons difficult.

    Nov 9, 2012

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    Labor Force Reentry: Issues for Injured Service Members and Veterans

    As large numbers of service members and veterans, many with serious injuries, return from Iraq and Afghanistan, an examination of existing return-to-work policies and programs for military men and women with service-related health problems finds that what programs do exist are poorly coordinated, and can be difficult to navigate.

    Nov 8, 2012