According to First Lady Michelle Obama, if there's one thing veterans and their families can learn about the Joining Forces campaign, it's that "we are grateful and it's important for you to know that you live in a grateful nation." Mrs. Obama made her remarks at KCS Railway in Shreveport Thursday, where she announced the 50,000th hiring of a veteran or a military spouse in the last year.
That number has a name. Michael Abitgao finishes four years of service in the military this month and will immediately begin work at KCS, while continuing to serve in the Army Reserves. He said he first met with Joining Forces reps at Fort Hood, who walked him through the process of job-seeking, post-military. "If you have no idea what you're getting into, they take their time, you know, they sit down with you. They're very patient and you know, they're willing to work with you whatever you want to do, however you want to start your career," he said.
Unemployment among veterans has trended much higher than the civilian population. However, that's starting to change. The new jobless rates for vets is estimated at several points below the national average.
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