10 Things We Know For Sure About Modern Veterans

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U.S. Army Soldiers assigned 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment patrol a road at sunset during a cordon and search operation in Sheik Hamid, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2006, to gain information on terrorists cells operating in the area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin) (Released)

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment patrol a road at sunset during a cordon and search operation in Sheik Hamid, Iraq, Sept. 28, 2006, to gain information on terrorists cells operating in the area. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin) (Released)

By Brian Wagner

Over the last 15 years, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been studied and dissected from innumerable angles. No group has spent more time studying their needs, habits, challenges and strengths than the nonprofit RAND Corporation, which focuses on developing public policy solutions to complex national problems.

1. Veterans succeed in the civilian workforce.

Unemployment and labor force participation rates among post-9/11 veterans have remained on par with the comparable civilian population. While veterans ages 18–24 do face more hurdles than comparable civilians immediately after leaving the military, the gap only exists for a short period of time. Overall, post-9/11 veterans are actually more likely to be employed full time than their civilian counterparts.

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