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To Thank Veterans, Help Them Build Civilian Careers

| Nov. 10, 2017

Recognize not only their service but their potential, by training them for fulfilling professions.

Every year as Veterans Day approaches, Americans ask themselves how they might best show their respect and appreciation for those who have served the nation in uniform. That question has taken on ever greater importance as the wars of the post-9/11 period continue, and as Afghanistan has become the longest war in U.S. history.

Veterans deeply appreciate the near-universal support they and their families receive, even from Americans who disagree with the policies that sent them to war. They are grateful for recognition at public events and for being told, “Thank you for your service.” Veterans also appreciate tangible initiatives like the GI Bill, expanded Veterans Administration services, and the Yellow Ribbon Program at many colleges.

Nothing, however, is more important to veterans who are making the transition from military service to civilian life than a job.

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For Academic Citation: Petraeus, David.“To Thank Veterans, Help Them Build Civilian Careers.” The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2017.