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Veterans and Service Members Battle the workforce


Ballston Spa, N.Y. - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for October the Veteran unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, but many are still finding it very difficult to land a job.

"I fall right in there. I'm currently unemployed, matter of fact that's one of my reasons for going back to school because experience doesn't seem to count," said Navy Veteran, John Lombardo.

Lombardo served in the U.S. Navy for nearly a decade before being injured. He's been out of a job for almost a year, and with a family to support he's hoping that a college degree will help.

"Concern is really over education levels. Those who are coming back with an education or a degree tend to be doing a lot better at finding a job than those that don't have a degree," said John Ebersole, President of Excelsior College.

The unemployment among post 9/11 Veterans is now at 10 percent. Lombardo has worked for the Department of Army and held other short term jobs dealing with Veteran Advocacy. He says there needs to be a better translation of skills from the military to the general workforce.

"They're either low end jobs or they're higher end jobs with specific skills. Unless you're high up in a niche field in the military you're not going to get that. Your general guy getting out of service doesn't have that type of training so there is a gap," said Lombardo.

In just two months Lombardo will have a degree from Excelsior College. He hopes the job market improves as he has improved his skills for it.

"You want the best. You want someone who's going to commit and do the job? A veteran is going to do it," said Lombardo.

As Veterans day approaches Vets like Lombardo want to let employers known they're ready to work.

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