The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

After They Leave

Apr 14, 2008

The unemployment rate for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is twice that of the general population of the same age. In 2005, one out of every four vets was unemployed. And of those employed, one quarter made less than $22,000 per year, or under $11 per hour.

The information came from a VA study that has not yet been made public. Even a vet working for the Veterans of Foreign War criticizes the way the military handles its young recruits: “I don’t put it past our military to spin stories that soldiers will get the best training, and when they get out, they’ll have the world at their feet. It’s a false promise.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that the study admits there’s an employment problem for vets, going on to suggest, “Perhaps it would be helpful to promote jobs ... that match their military skills....”

In other words, push them to sign up with a military contractor, who will send them back to Iraq and Afghanistan!