U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Drumsta

The employment outlook for post-9/11 veterans is brighter than it has been in some time. Not only do those veterans now have lower unemployment than any time in the last eight years, but their income and prospects for promotion are collectively improving, though just as for many other Americans, veterans’ desire to work full-time is not always matched by the needs of the job market.

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AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson

A good friend of mine once described the relationship we have as a society with our veterans as a social contract --- a collective responsibility to care for those who have borne the heaviest burdens in the defense of our nation. In recent wars, however, the percentage of veterans bearing such a burden is shrinking dramatically in proportion to the rest of the population.

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