WHAT OTHERS SAY: Veterans deserved more than just thanks

Monday, November 11, 2013 | 12:40 p.m. CST

Today, we honor those who have dedicated their lives to the armed forces in hopes of continued peace. But they deserve much better than a simple thanks.

Veterans returning from long tours in Iraq and Afghanistan face a new challenge: searching for jobs.

Post-Sept. 11 veterans face unemployment rates of 10.1 percent, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor. These figures are coupled with the exhaustion of returning from long and hard-fought wars, and the sacrifices incurred while fighting.

Our service members have given so much of their time and health to protect the nation. They have spent months, even years, away from their families. Some return home scarred from battle. On this Veterans Day, hundreds of families will be mourning those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In 2010, 12 million veterans were working or looking for work in 2010, according to labor department officials. This number has only increased, as more troops return from Afghanistan. To help, Starbucks and AT&T announced plans to hire at least 10,000 military veterans and family members each over the next five years.

Other companies should follow their example, and open their doors to veterans. After so many have dedicated their lives to our safety, providing for our veterans at home is the least we can do.

Copyright The Kansas City Star. Reprinted with permission.

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