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Putting veterans to work

As the country's economy struggles through the weakest recovery since the Great Depression, with a national real unemployment rate of 14.9 percent, remember this: Over the next five years, more than 1 million veterans are expected to leave the U.S. military and re-join the American workforce.

Most of these men and women answered the call to serve their country after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, but entered service before the Great Recession. Many thousands of them have survived serious injuries.

The overall unemployment rate for veterans was 6.9 percent in July, a three-year low that's far better than the national rate of 8.3 percent (which doesn't take into account the millions of discouraged Americans who've stopped actively looking work). But the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 8.9 percent for July.