How employers can do more to help veterans do their best

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030408-F-2034C-030 Pararescuemen with the 301st Rescue Squadron return with a downed pilot from a successful rescue mission April 8, 2003 at a forward deployed location in southern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and bring an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo) (RELEASED)

030408-F-2034C-030 Pararescuemen with the 301st Rescue Squadron return with a downed pilot from a successful rescue mission April 8, 2003 at a forward deployed location in southern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and bring an end to the regime of Saddam Hussein. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo) (RELEASED)

By Michelle Vopni

As the ranks of former military personnel continue to grow, with 21.2 million in 2015 and more than 1.6 million in Texas alone, our nation’s workforce will increasingly benefit from their skills and perspectives. Supporting their transition by addressing the challenges they face must become a higher priority than ever.

A recent poll by EY found that almost overwhelmingly, veterans are satisfied at work and grateful for the military experience that brought them there. However, they face gaps in workforce training and experience that can be difficult to bridge in civilian jobs.

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