Veteran employment: Disconnect between active duty, civilian life

Sunday, September 23, 2018

SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Veterans Affairs Health Care System recognizes the need to connect veterans with employers in the community. The Sheridan VA staff also understand the need hasn’t been fully met in Sheridan County. To encourage a solution, the VA made it the focus of its annual mental health summit held.

By the numbers

Wyoming VA spent $19,743 for education, vocational rehabilitation and employment in fiscal year 2016, its third-highest expenditure that year behind medical care and compensation and pensions. Unemployment rates in 2017 dropped for veterans from 4.3 percent to 3.7 percent nationwide.

Among the 370,000 unemployed veterans nationwide in 2017, 59 percent were ages 25 to 54; 37 percent were ages 55 and older; and 4 percent were ages 18 to 24.

New, existing efforts

Community employment coordinator Anthony Fairbanks started at the VA a few months ago and plans to closely connect with businesses in Sheridan to help better assimilate veterans into the civilian world.

Fairbanks said Sheridan is a veteran-friendly community.

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