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"War changes people, and that extends to their work lives. For some returning veterans, the challenges and responsibilities they experienced in Iraq will lead them on new career paths."- St. Paul Pioneer Press, Nov. 9, 2007

As Minnesota National Guard members return to their civilian lives, they are faced with putting the pieces back together again with family members, friends, and eventually with their jobs. For some, the pieces don't quite fit together anymore, and some are left searching for how they want to contribute to their communities.

For many soldiers, the jobs they held before their deployment don't hold the same meaning or excitement anymore. An article in the November 9 Pioneer Press, Working class heroes, tells the stories of three Minnesota soldiers and their return to the job market or the classroom.

On November 5, Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning show with Kerri Miller explored Finding work after war. As the show's guest, job search expert Amy Lindgren gave ideas and suggestions for veterans in the midst of transition. Click on the link above to listen to the full show.

Two free government resources for veterans looking for work are www.hirevetsfirst.gov and the U.S. Department of Labor websites. Resources at hirevetsfirst.gov are divided into an employer zone – including 10 Reasons to Hire a Veteran – and a veteran zone, which includes job postings by state, a military skills-to-civilian life translator, and a resume builder. Both Hire Vets First and the Dept. of Labor site have information about federal benefits for veterans and military spouses, and contact information for local assistance.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs