Government agencies and private organizations help veterans transition to civilian life

A multilateral effort across government agencies and other organizations is in progress to help veterans make the switch to the civilian work world.

A recent report published by The White House and the Office of the President, entitled "The Fast Track to Civilian Employment Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for Service Members, Veterans and their Spouses," highlighted veteran unemployment and employment discrimination and gave insight into the disparity.

The report said that while veterans may gain the equivalence of a certification through advanced military training or life experience, they may have difficulty obtaining formal documentation for those skills. This means in order to obtain a civilian position, working at the same level of skill or below, they may need to start at square one as if they're new to the industry. This process may take a veteran years of schooling to obtain formal documentation for skills they already have.

People who have not served in the military but earned degrees may have higher wages and positions in corporate settings than veterans, who can have a decade of experience in the field but lack accredited certification.

To combat this, the government passed the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013 in February 2013, in an effort to help veterans enter into the civilian workplace as emergency medical technicians.

The online job portal USTechVEts was also created for veterans through partnership between the Consumer Electronics Association and Monster Worldwide, a popular online job board. The site links veterans with companies looking to hire military service men.