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  1. DoD appears to expect fewer jobless vets by 2015

    If the Pentagon's latest budget projections are any indication, the issue of veterans' unemployment may be easing.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
  2. Post-9/11 monthly vet unemployment rate back down

    Following a big jump in February, the March unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans saw an even bigger decrease, the Labor Department's latest employment report shows.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
  3. Veteran agriculture program to receive state funds

    West Virginia's governor has signed a bill to educate and support veterans in the field of agriculture.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  4. Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Shane Jaeger is a business development manager at Leidos, a defense contracting company based in Reston, Va. Mike Morones / Staff

    Breaking down pros & cons of public & private sectors

    After 27 years in the Navy, Lt. Cmdr. Shane Jaeger wanted to spend his post-military career doing something that felt close, familiar, comfortable. So he became a military contractor.

    • Mar. 26, 2014
  5. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced two bills to help veterans look for jobs and start small businesses. Mandel Ngan / AFP

    Senator introduces jobs, small business bills to help vets

    New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced two bills to help veterans look for jobs and start small businesses.

    • Mar. 14, 2014
  6. DoD plans no cuts to spouse tuition program, official says

    Many troops and families may be worried about the future of family support and community programs, but one program that isn't suffering from budget woes is the military spouse tuition program — Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MyCAA.

    • Mar. 6, 2014
  7. A heart attack made retired Army Col. Mike Courts re-evaluate his choice in second careers. He now teaches skiing part-time. Jon Anderson/Staff

    Job reboot: Retired colonel indulges his passion as a ski instructor

    Ski lifts bob up the mountain into a soupy mid-winter fog. Below dangling skis, the snowpack is thin and icy.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  8. Deal with credit issues and keep a security clearance

    A security clearance comes with benefits. You can apply for jobs that others can't reach, and you'll probably get paid more. But there are hurdles.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  9. Jim Amos, left, a Vietnam-era Marine veteran who is a successful businessman, told lawmakers recently that the military has made strides in its transition assistance efforts, but is still focused more on keeping people in uniform, rather than helping those troops who plan to leave. Mike Morones/Staff

    Big business: Vets should start transition process early

    Bigwigs at some of America's largest corporations agree: Troops need to start planning much earlier to have a smooth and successful transition from the military to the private sector.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  10. Jobless rate for recent vets increased in January

    The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans ticked up in January, while the nation's overall unemployment rate held relatively steady, according to new Labor Department data.

    • Feb. 7, 2014
  11. Unemployment rate for vets dropped in December

    The unemployment rate for Post-9/11 veterans, as well as for the vet population as a whole, fell sharply in December, while the nation's unemployment rate also dipped, Labor Department data show.

    • Jan. 10, 2014
  12. Derek Timmons, left, a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, watches aviation students Andrew Regenhard, center, and Aaron Gabrielson operate a Corsair simulator as part of their unmanned aircraft training Oct. 2 in Grand Forks, N.D. Dave Kolpack / AP

    Aviation schools prepare for boom in drone jobs

    A growing number of American students are eager to cash in on expected boom market for drone operators after more unmanned aircraft become legal to fly in U.S. airspace, which could happen in the next few years.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  13. Vets' unemployment rate inches up in September

    The upward trend in unemployment for post-9/11 veterans continued in September, with the jobless rate climbing to 10.1 percent — the second straight month of double-digit unemployment for the group.

    • Oct. 22, 2013
  14. Sara Behr, an Army veteran and company commander with the Minnesota National Guard, says her job as a communications specialist at defense contractor Alliant Techsystems helps her to support the men and women in the military.

    Career tips from top contractors

    Capt. Sara Behr left the active Army in 2003, and while she has stayed in uniform as a company commander in the Minnesota ArmyNational Guard, she also wanted her day job to reflect her ongoing commitment to the mission.

    • Oct. 15, 2013
  15. Labor rules to boost employment for vets, disabled

    Veterans and disabled workers who often struggle to find work could have an easier time landing a job under new federal regulations.

    • Oct. 15, 2013
  16. Spot a bad job before you take it

    Jenny learned the hard way whom to work for — or not.

    • Oct. 15, 2013
  17. Former Navy helicopter pilot Troy Johnson turned his life-long love of acting and entertainment into a new career piloting World War Two-era 'Duck Boat' tours in Seattle. Jon Anderson / Staff

    Ex-Navy helo pilot finds new calling as comedic tour guide

    Retired Navy Cmdr. Troy Johnson doesn't a mind a bit that it was only after leaving the Navy that he got promoted to captain and placed in command of his own ship.

    • Oct. 14, 2013
  18. Female vets benefit from entrepreneur program

    Janell Farnsworth knew she eventually wanted to expand her business. But after attending a conference for female veteran entrepreneurs, she realized she's ready now.

    • Sep. 24, 2013
  19. Spouses: Share your employment experiences

    Military spouses are encouraged to participate in an anonymous survey about their employment experiences.

    • Sep. 20, 2013
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