Get Educated: Veteran Unemployment

     
 IAVA'S 2012 MEMBER SURVEY   
    

As the nation’s first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, IAVA has a real‐time understanding of what our member veterans think, believe and experience. Every day we hear from our member veterans on Facebook, Twitter and through Community of Veterans, our confidential online social network exclusively for our Iraq and Afghanistan veteran members. We also conduct an annual member survey to dig deep into the challenges and opportunities of their day-to-day lives. Survey responses directly inform our Policy Agenda and organizational priorities for the coming year, as well as shape our membership activities and partnerships. Our member veterans’ answers also allow us to compare their changing needs from year to year, and help to fill gaps in public knowledge about this new generation of veterans.

Download the survey here.



2012 findings include:

  • Our members’ unemployment rate was almost 17% - significantly higher than the 12.1% average unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans in 2011
  • Almost half (49%) of unemployed members did not feel that employers were open to hiring veterans
  • More than 50% of our members are interested in starting a business in the next 3 to 5 or 6 to 10 years
  • 37% of IAVA members personally know someone they served with or another Iraq or Afghanistan veteran who has committed suicide
  • 2/3 of our membership do not think troops and veterans are getting the care they need for mental health injuries, including combat-related stress or military sexual trauma
  • Almost 1/3 (31%) divorced or broke up with a long-term partner as a result of deployment and the return home
  • 1/4 of IAVA members with children said their child had emotional problems (25%) or had problems in school (24%)
  • 60% of our membership does not think the military/ Department of Defense is doing a good job of reaching out to troops and veterans regarding their mental health injuries and care, and less than half (49%) think the VA is doing a good job of reaching out to troops and veterans regarding their mental health injuries and care
  • 35% of our members are already taking advantage of their New GI Bill benefits, and almost 50% plan to use it for themselves or their families.
  • The majority of our members do not think Congress (75%) or the President (61%) listen to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans enough, and 69% didn’t know or guessed incorrectly the name of the current Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary Shinseki.


     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










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IAVA'S POLICY AGENDA

IAVA's Policy Agenda is the blueprint for IAVA's work in Washington in each year. In prior years, we’ve focused on passing the New GI Bill, securing Advanced Funding for VA healthcare and improving the disability reform process. In the 2012 Policy Agenda, like in 2011, we’re focusing on fighting veteran unemployment.


Download the policy agenda here.

 

Want to learn more about the transition from Combat to Career? Visit IAVA's headquarters for veteran unemployment here. You can read the latest from IAVA on Capitol Hill, get up to date on the facts, and find information on how you can help.

  


 

 


    
   STORM THE HILL: SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS   
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 DOL Junior Ortiz Team Alpha4:00pm 
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 Congressman Trent FranksTeam Foxtrot2:45pm 
 Senator Michael B. Enzi
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 March 27   
 Congressman Bob FilnerTeam Alpha10:30am 
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 Congressman Michael CoffmanTeam Echo9:00am 
 Congressman James P. MoranTeam Echo10:00am 
 Congresswoman Kristi NoemTeam Echo11:30am 
 Congressman Mark CritzTeam Echo12:30pm 
 Congressman Steve AustriaTeam Echo1:00pm 
 Congressman Jerry McNerneyTeam Echo2:00pm 
 Congresswoman Virginia FoxxTeam Echo3:00pm 
 Congressman C.A. Ruppersberger Team Echo4:00pm
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 Congressman Martin T. Heinrich Team Foxtrot9:30am 
 Senator Herbert H. KohlTeam Foxtrot11:00am 
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 Congressman Eric CantorTeam Alpha10:00am 
 Congressman John A. BoehnerTeam Alpha 11:30am 
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 Congresswoman Nancy PelosiTeam Alpha 2:30pm 
 Congressman Jefferson B. MillerTeam Alpha 3:45pm 
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 Congressman James E. ClyburnTeam Bravo 11:00am 
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 Congressman Marlin A. StutzmanTeam Bravo 1:30pm 
 Congressman Rush D. HoltTeam Bravo 2:30pm 
 Congresswoman Martha RobyTeam Bravo 3:30pm 
 Senator Sherrod BrownTeam Bravo 5:30pm 
 Congressman Walter B. Jones Team Charlie 9:00am 
 Congressman Jeff FlakeTeam Charlie 10:15am 
 Congressman Gus Michael Bilirakis Team Charlie  11:30am 
 Congressman Timothy H. Bishop Team Charlie  1:00pm 
 Senator Rand Paul Team Charlie  2:30pm 
 Senator John Thune Team Charlie  3:30pm 
 Congresswoman Susan A. Davis Team Charlie  5:00pm 
 Congressman Todd Rokita Team Delta  9:00am 
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 Congressman Dennis J. KucinichTeam Delta  1:00pm 
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 Congressman Austin ScottTeam Delta  5:00pm 
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 Congressman Bill OwensTeam Echo 10:00am 
 Senator Roy BluntTeam Echo 11:00am 
 Congressman Frank A. LoBiondoTeam Echo 12:30pm 
 Congressman Glenn ThompsonTeam Echo 2:00pm 
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 Congressman James R. LangevinTeam Echo 5:00pm 
 Congressman Steve AustriaTeam Foxtrot 9:00am 
 Congresswoman Chellie PingreeTeam Foxtrot 10:00am 
 Congressman John R. CarterTeam Foxtrot 11:00am 
 Congressman Raul M. GrijalvaTeam Foxtrot 12:30pm 
 Congressman Kevin YoderTeam Foxtrot 1:30pm 
 Senator Claire McCaskillTeam Foxtrot 3:30pm 
 Senator Mike JohannsTeam Foxtrot 4:30pm 
 Congressman David LoebsackTeam Golf 10:00am 
 Congressman Thomas E. PetriTeam Golf 11:00am 
 Senator Jeanne ShaheenTeam Golf 12:30pm 
 Congressman Jason AltmireTeam Golf 1:30pm 
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 Senator Kay R. HaganTeam Alpha 10:00am 
 Senator Jerry MoranTeam Alpha 11:00am 
 Congressman Kevin McCarthyTeam Alpha 1:00pm 
 Congressman Bruce L. BraleyTeam Alpha 2:30pm 
 Senator Jon TesterTeam Alpha 2:30pm 
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 Congressman Michael H MichaudTeam Bravo 10:00am 
 Congressman Adam SmithTeam Bravo 11:00am 
 Congressman Tom ColeTeam Bravo 12:00pm 
 Congressman Silvestre ReyesTeam Bravo 1:15 PM 
 Senator Jim WebbTeam Bravo 2:30 PM 
 Senator Lamar AlexanderTeam Charlie 9:30 AM 
 Senator Jerry MoranTeam Charlie 11:00 AM 
 Congresswoman Lynn C. WoolseyTeam Charlie 1:00 PM 
 Congresswoman Niki TsongasTeam Charlie 2:00 PM 
 Senator Tom HarkinTeam Charlie 3:00 PM 
 Congressman Thomas J. HensarlingTeam Charlie 4:00 PM 
 Congressman Bill FloresTeam Delta 9:50 AM 
 Congressman Mark AmodeiTeam Delta11:00 AM 
 Senator Barbara A. MikulskiTeam Delta 1:30pm 
 Senator Jeff BingamanTeam Delta 2:30pm 
 Congressman Harold Rogers Team Echo 9:00 AM 
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 Senator E. Benjamin NelsonTeam Echo  1:00 PM 
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 Senator Richard J. Durbin Team Echo 4:30 PM 
 Congressman Dan Benishek Team Foxtrot 9:00 AM 
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 Congressman Steny H. HoyerTeam Foxtrot 11:30AM 
 Congressman C. W. Young Team Foxtrot 1:00 PM 
 Congressman Roscoe G. BartlettTeam Foxtrot 2:00PM 
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