Read this: Veteran's Day, State College, Pa.
Good afternoon, everyone, and happy Veteran's Day (even if, unlike us, you got to take the day off).
Meanwhile, David Montgomery brings us a story about the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, "designed to give injured veterans a chance to work for Congress, and to serve as a reminder to corporate America that veterans can be excellent workers." One participant, 26-year-old Dan Lasko, lost a foot in Iraq. He says young vets -- especially injured ones -- experience culture shock in the job market. Writes Montgomery:
Finding work and building résumés remain a challenge for veterans, despite many initiatives across government and the service branches to support returning personnel. The unemployment rate among the nearly 2 million veterans 18 and older who served since 9/11 was 11.6 percent last month, compared with 9.3 percent for non-veterans, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This week, President Obama announced the creation of a Council on Veterans Employment, to be led by Cabinet members, to raise veterans' employment in the federal government.
The fellowship program is too small to put a dent in employment statistics, but congressional supporters hope it will set an example and enhance understanding of veterans' issues.
Elsewhere in today's Style section: Looking for a quick getaway? State College, Pa., is not just for football fans. Maryland's Darvin Moon places second in this year's World Series of Poker. And Philip Kennicott reviews the Anacostia Community Museum's "African Presence in Mexico" exhibit.
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November 11, 2009; 12:18 PM ET
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