Veterans in the Labor Market: Experiences of the Post 9/11 Generation

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Veterans in the Labor Market: Experiences of a Post 9/11 Generation contains the results of a research project that emerged through a community partnership between the Chez Veterans Center’s (CVC) Military Service Knowledge Collaborative at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Project for Middle Class Renewal
at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Labor and Employment Relations, and Jobpath, a community Veteran service organization focused on helping Veterans advance their careers.

At large, this research study sought to understand Post-9/11 Veterans’ experiences in securing civilian work, as well as to paint a picture of current employment situations of Veterans and challenges they face in their transition to the civilian labor market. Particularly, this research analyzes the experiences of Veterans’ use of one prominent tool for job search and acquisition - job and hiring fairs organized by both public and private entities. Additionally, this research explores many factors influencing Veterans’ civilian work experiences including military rank, childcare responsibilities, disabilities, homelessness, military deployment experiences, and reliance on public assistance. The overarching aim of this study was to examine the employment experiences of Post-9/11 Veterans and the wide-ranging obstacles they face in seeking and securing long-term careers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2020


  • veterans
  • Labor market
  • employment
  • Career
  • military
  • reintegration


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