Is Bias to Blame for Veteran Unemployment?


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The latest unemployment figures show almost one in three veterans aged 20 to 24 years old are jobless - and bias against the military reserves could be to blame, according to the Army Times. Ted Daywalt of says he believes employers don't want to hire veterans who remain in the reserves or National Guard because of their uncertain schedules:

Daywalt and other veterans advocates are calling for a change in the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Right now, potential employers can legally ask applicants if they are a member of the National Guard or military reserves - which veterans rights groups believe prevents those applicants from getting hired. They want to alter the USERRA so employers are banned from "specifically asking about whether a person is in one of the reserve components."

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