Thank you veterans

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Minerals Make Life

This Veterans Day, as we thank and remember the men and women of the United States armed forces who have served around the world, a startling fact remains: while veterans gain valuable skills during service, many still struggle to find employment when transitioning to civilian life. In fact, despite their specialized training and expertise, military veterans have consistently faced a higher rate of unemployment than the national average.

But fortunately, this trend is starting to change.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate for returning veterans recently dropped to 6.7 percent—more than a full percentage point lower than the national average. While there is still much we can do to help welcome home those that have served and provide them with well-paying jobs, this is an encouraging sign. And the mining sector, in particular, is proud to stand by our veterans, providing job opportunities uniquely designed to match their skill sets.

The “Mining for Veterans” job fair held in Albuquerque, N.M., earlier this year is a prime example. The event brought more than 420 veterans to meet with representatives from 11 mining companies. “Veterans make safe workers,” said State Mine Inspector Terence Foreback. “Because of their training, they’re aware of their surroundings. They know how to watch out for each other and they’re willing to tell one another when someone is not doing something right or doing something that’s not safe.” More than just protecting our country, the unique skills and expertise that veterans acquire make them an integral part of our workforce as civilians.

In honor of this Veterans Day, we express our thanks to those that have served our nation through military service, at home and abroad: We salute you—and keep up the good work!

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