WorkingNation sat down with Schmiegel in Atlanta at the Warrior Community Integration Symposium – an annual convening of veteran-serving organizations hosted by America’s Warrior Partnership.
“The landscape for veterans in the workforce has changed dramatically over the last 11 years. In 2011, the unemployment rate for veterans was 12.1%. Eleven years later, just a month ago, the Department of Labor released statistics that showed an unemployment rate of 2.4% for veterans,” says Schmiegel.
He continues, “If you think about the workforce in America, there are 11.5 million unfilled jobs. The landscape has changed in a way where veterans are in a position to look for employment that is meaningful, that is good paying, that really takes advantage of the skills that they have, and that can bring to the workforce.”