Tech Helps Injured Vets Bounce Back
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A program through Walter Reed Hospital prepares injured veterans for careers in IT and tech support.
The Department of Defense announced April 5 that a total of 36,082 members of the U.S. military had been wounded in action or killed in Iraq since the war began in 2003. Of these, nearly 4,500 were deaths and 31,950 were wounded.
Once they return from the war zone, injured soldiers face a multitude of physical, emotional and professional challenges, the least of which is a startlingly high unemployment rate.
In 2005, the jobless rate for veterans between ages 20 and 24 was 15.6 percent, more than triple the national unemployment rate of 5.1 percent, and a number that skyrockets for the injured.
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