November 10, 2011
In 2009, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order making it a priority for the government to employ more veterans in the civil service. As the American economy continues to recover, helping veterans, transitioning service members, and their families find civilian employment is an important way to honor those who serve, and to retain their skill and dedication to public service in the American workforce. Austin Free-Net sees the Internet as a basic utility for our soldiers and all community members. Having the access and skills necessary to use it is crucial to our nation’s recovery.
According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among post 9/11 veterans stood at 11.5% in 2010 – almost two full percentage points above the national average. In 2010, there were 11.8 million veterans working or looking for work, accounting for 7.7 percent of the U.S. labor force. Although most veterans are men, women are a growing part of the veteran population, accounting for 8.1 percent of all veterans in 2010. As with the nation at large, younger US veterans are more racially and ethnically diverse than older veterans.
To all veterans who may not have immediate access to the Internet, Austin Free-Net provides free computer access, digital literacy classes and personal assistance. Austin Free-Net is committed to assisting veterans and their families, teaching them how to locate and utilize online resources for finding employment, social services and basic needs.
Source: United States Department of Labor – Report on the Veteran Labor Force in the Recovery
US Office of Personnel Management – Employment of Veterans in the Federal Executive Branch
Source: Austin Free-Net