That’s the number of officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted servicemen and women who are annually discharged from the American armed forces and join civilian life.
For many if not all of them, the transition from a regimented lifestyle to one that is unregulated can be filled with confusion if not downright difficulties.
The new civilians are eagerly looking to start or resume their lives and professions or find employment in fields of endeavor that many not have existed when they enlisted. Other veterans may be interested in launching their own businesses amid a spider web of laws, rules and regulations. While employers are not sure how to select from so many potential new employees.
What’s the business community supposed to do?
In order to help veterans and employers cope with this puzzling but potentially mutually beneficial circumstance, the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) and the SBDC at Kean University in Union, NJ, yesterday organized a remarkable daylong workshop for former servicemen and women ahead of Veterans Day next Sunday. Speakers and panelists offered a wide range of guidance and ideas on how veterans can prepare themselves for securing education and gainful employment or launching their own enterprises.