War vets can’t find jobs

Veterans returning home to Central Oregon are finding employment hard to come by.

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About 1,500 veterans returning to Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties were enrolled with WorkSource Oregon in June, up from 600 the year before. The number of veterans claiming unemployment benefits has skyrocketed as well, painting a grim economic picture that vets may not have expected when they returned home.

When times were better, Central Oregon was an employment hot spot for many veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, including several who found work in the construction and aviation industries…

But as the economy started to slow, those businesses stopped hiring and, in some cases, began laying off workers or shutting down altogether.

At the same time, the grant money available for veterans looking for jobs began to dry up. The funding program was cut off earlier this month. Losing that money, Newton said, is a big blow for many veterans looking for work in a difficult job market.

Read the full story at The Bulletin.


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