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Getting Veterans Back To Work
Tae Yoo, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Cisco
It is expected that within the next four years, approximately 1 million U.S. Armed Forces personnel will transition from military to civilian life, including about 300,000 retirements by August 2013. Unfortunately, military servicemen and servicewomen often have a difficult time transitioning to jobs in the private sector once their duty is complete. One of the challenges is that military job codes don't easily translate to civilian job descriptions, making it difficult for veterans to find meaningful civilian careers that match their skills and interests.
On Veterans Day, as we honor and celebrate our armed services veterans who have sacrificed so much to serve and protect our country, I am reminded of the interconnectedness between the military and the technology industry. It was the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) ARPANET project that was the catalyst for the Internet we know today. With the proliferation of the Internet and advances in information and communications technology (ICT), the private sector now has the opportunity to help those making the difficult transition from military to civilian life.
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