Veterans Day: Don’t Forget Protections and Services for Those Who Serve
California is home to approximately 1.8 million veterans — the highest veteran population of any state in the nation. Military veterans may face many challenges making the transition back into civilian life, including challenges in the job market.
According to the Employment Development Department (EDD), young veterans may need particular assistance transitioning into civilian life. In 2014, the unemployment rate for California veterans under the age of 35 was 13.7 percent, significantly higher than the 10.1 percent unemployment rate for civilians in the same age group. The EDD helps veterans and eligible spouses to maximize employment and training opportunities. Information on EDD’s employment services for veterans, including employer resources, can be found on their website.
California law protects individuals from discrimination based on military and veteran status and also provides certain job protections and return rights after periods of military service. Veterans are also protected under federal law, including the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).