Helping Veterans Get Back to Work: Anthony Luberto
Anthony Luberto spent three years in Army, serving with 82 Airborne. From January of 2007 until March of 2008, he was stationed at Combat Outpost Callahan just outside Sadr City, Iraq. He was a commissioned officer -- a first lieutenant -- with significant experience managing complicated logistics.
When he left the military, that didn't matter. Civilian employers had trouble recognizing how his skills and leadership experience would translate into the private workforce. He had to turn to a headhunter for help.
"I think it's important for the government to assist veterans as much as they can," Anthony says, "in finding suitable work."
Today, he continues to serve the government as a contractor for the Defense Department -- and is working on his masters degree with the help of the post-9/11 GI Bill.
Across the country, 600,000 veterans like Anthony have gone back to school with similar help from the post-9/11 GI Bill. And this week, President Obama announced new initatives as part of the "We Can't Wait Campaign" to help veterans better translate military skills for private employes and make it easier for veterans to connect with companies that want to hire them.
Despite the fact that our veterans have unique skills and experiences that make them excellent hires for any civilian business, their unemployment rate tops 12 percent. Read the stories of veterans like Anthony who have struggled to transition their skills into new careers and find out why fighting for these heroes is a priority for the Obama Administration.
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