Greg Call | LinkedIn | May 31, 2016
In 2012, I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and became part of a veteran community that was facing atrocious unemployment rates. Like many of my brothers and sisters, I knew there had to be a way to bridge the gap, and so I began my search for a way to become part of the solution. During that search, I met and worked with some inspiring people and organizations, like the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Veterans Job Mission, Hire Heroes USA, and the Travis Manion Foundation, and witnessed an amazing transformation. Our community rose up and together developed programs to eliminate the barriers our fellow veterans faced in connecting with opportunity.
Fast forward through years of hard work from members and supporters of the veteran community, and we saw post-9/11 veteran unemployment cut in half to 4.1% — almost a full percentage lower than the overall U.S. unemployment rate. Veterans are now “in-demand” talent in the workforce. With more than 2.1 million veteran and military members on LinkedIn, the LinkedIn Veterans Program team decided to leverage LinkedIn’s Economic Graph to glean insights into the professional identities of this growing veteran community.