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BY VINCE DARCANGELO

The share of federal jobs going to veterans is at its highest level in five years, new data shows, with former service members comprising almost half of full-time hires in the last fiscal year.

One in three people in government is now a veteran, proof that the White House’s six-year push is working, to give those who served in the military a leg up in the long hiring process for federal jobs.

The bad news is that once veterans get into government, they don’t always stay long. They are more likely to leave their jobs within two years than non-veterans.

Even the Department of Veterans Affairs, traditionally a draw for former troops, lost a little more than a quarter of its veterans within two years, compared to 20 percent of its non-veterans.

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