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Veterans talk about tough issues facing returning soldiers

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RICHMOND HILL, GA (WTOC) -

Many veterans say the biggest problem facing their fellow soldiers is unemployment, and the tough task of adapting to civilian life after returning home from the battlefield.

Major Julie D'annunzio, of the Third Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, says "As we conclude operations in Afghanistan and Iraq there's million of soldiers out there that will be looking for jobs and they want to be employed."

She encourages employers to hire veterans not only because of their service, but because of the leadership skills and military training that translates so easily into the workforce.

Major D'annunzio also says millions of soldiers will be going to college for the first time within the next few years, and she hopes students and educators can be sympathetic to their experiences.

"Soldiers can bring a lot of tragedy from the things they've seen in combat, and it's a struggle for them to transition into that civilian life."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans of the Gulf War era II veterans is 10 percent, and 15 percent for women.

To combat this, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently announced an initiative to help get veterans back to work. To find out more about that project, click here.

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