1,500 veterans hired through new program

Apr 9, 2012

The jobless rate for veterans remains high, but a Missouri program is making inroads in changing that.

The program is known as Show-Me Heroes. The Southeast Missourian reports that 1,500 veterans have been hired and 1,834 companies have agreed to participate in the program.

Businesses taking part in Show-Me Heroes work with veterans' representatives with the Missouri Career Center. When a veteran applies with one of the firms, the employer agrees to give him or her an interview.

The unemployment rate for veterans who served in active duty after the 2001 terrorist attacks was 12.1 percent as of last year, about one-third higher than the overall jobless rate. And for male veterans ages 18 to 24, the unemployment rate was 29.1 percent.