Wounded Warriors Project seeing improvement in hiring veterans
Navy veteran Albert Revives suffers from depression and anxiety. The conditions stem from serving aboard a ship following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"We were warned big time about what's up there," the honorably discharged Stockton veteran Revives said. "And my life changed, as well as my shipmates at the time. We were a combative ship,"
He served in the Navy from 1997 to 2003 using his skills as part of the military's anti-air missile defense. He said his ship also fired missiles into Afghanistan to take out the enemy.
For the past seven years, Revives has worked as a mental health outreach coordinator through the Veterans Administration, and is also volunteering for the Wounded Warrior Project.
But for many veterans it can be difficult to get work.
However, the latest job survey conducted by the Wounded Warrior Project shows job prospects are improving. Last year, a survey of Wounded Warriors, which number over 108,000, showed unemployment at 16 percent.
That figure in 2017 improved to 13 percent.
"So to see another 3 percent of wounded veterans back in the workforce is a promising thing to see," says Rob Louis, the public relations specialist with the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, Florida.
Louis says "lack of information" and "finding the right fit" are some of the obstacles in the way of employers to hire veterans.
"We work with veterans to kind of translate their resume. All that military experience and expertise they gain serving our nation. The words they use to describe that don't necessarily translate to a civilian job," Louis said.
The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred physical or mental injury, illness or wound on or after September 11, 2001.