29 Apr '12, 4am

Finding work proves harder for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

Finding work proves harder for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans

Air Force veteran Matthew Pizzo, 29, seen in this undated photograph, left the military after serving in Iraq to go to college and law school. He has not been able to find a job in New York, where he is originally from. Child in photo is unidentified. Courtesy Matt Pizzo via Los Angeles Times Air Force veteran Matthew Pizzo walks his dog, Bluto, March 23, 2012, Bluto costs him $50 per month in dog food, butPizzo says he's worth it. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Matt Pizzo has a law degree, can-do attitude, proven leadership skills, and expertise in communications and satellite technology from his four years in the Air Force. Yet the 29-year-old has been told that he’s overqualified, too old, too “non-traditional,” and that he’s fallen behind his civilian contemporaries. “It was disheartening, to say the least,” he said of his latest job rejection. “But it’s t...

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