New VA program helps veterans find meaningful employment

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By Jed Boal

After more than a decade of deployments, the unemployment rate for veterans from all wars remains higher than that of the general population in Utah. But a new government pilot program run by the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System is making a positive impact on veterans’ lives in Utah communities.

Will Teeple is an Army veteran who served as an intelligence analyst between 2000 and 2002. But when he and other veterans tried to find good civilian jobs, many discovered employers don’t always know how to incorporate the veterans’ skills into their workforce.

“My job was intelligence analyst,” said Teeple. “They look at that and they don’t even have the slightest clue for what skill set that is.”

After bouncing around the country for several unfulfilling jobs, Teeple landed steady employment through a pilot program that’s part of the Homeless & Justice Clinical Recovery Program at VA Salt Lake City Health Care.

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