I’ve never held a gun. Never crawled on my belly through searing desert heat waiting for a bullet to rip through my flesh. Never led a platoon of soldiers into combat. Never cradled a fallen comrade as bombs rained down around me.
But many of our servicepeople have had such experiences and are forced to make life-and-death decisions every day. And then hopefully they return home, where they face the transition back to everyday life with their families. The lucky ones return to a job; others face the difficult task of finding work in a broken economy that doesn’t offer much opportunity, particularly for those now missing limbs and suffering from injuries such as Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
That’s where training—and corporate America—comes in. Programs such as the Wounded Warrior Project and United Association Veterans in Piping program help veterans to find jobs and learn new skills. And companies such as AlliedBarton partner with these programs to let veterans know about job opportunities in their organizations.