26 Aug '12, 2pm

Is stigma against servicemembers hindering hiring?

OTTUMWA — With all the ribbons, flags and bumper stickers, Americans may think their service members are being treated with respect. But Iowa Workforce Development’s IowaWorks warns there is an area where our nation is falling short: the hiring of veterans. J.R. Beamer, a veterans representative who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, says amongst veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, unemployment is more than 10 percent higher than it is in the civilian population. “It shocks me in one way and doesn’t surprise me in another,” said Wapello County Supervisor Greg Kenning, a former member of the National Guard. He said he understands employers want good employees who are going to be there for the company, but they need to open their eyes. “It disappoints me that we’d have a veteran who couldn’t get a chance, even,” he said. And that is what’s happening in some cases, sa...

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