In 2014, there were over 573,000 unemployed veterans in the United States of America. And although many people might be quick to point out that this number is actually an improvement over the 2013 statistics, it’s important to keep in mind that the change is not an overly impressive one. The unemployment rate in 2013 for veterans who had served from September 2001 was about 9%. The number declined to 7.2% in 2014, dropping by 1.8 percent.
As discussion about the plight of veterans increases during election season, the subject of unemployment among veterans is sure to become somewhat of a “hot issue” to debate. That the situation needs to improve is a given. The question about how to improve the situation for unemployed veterans, however, is an important one — and it’s always nice to highlight the efforts made by citizens to help support veterans in the quest for work.
While progress, no matter how small, is always desirable, helping the hundreds of thousands of veterans looking for work in today’s economy should be a collective priority throughout the nation. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the amazing programs that are currently in place to help spread awareness and raise funds for this exact cause.
Dress for Success
There are a number of reasons for the poor employment rate among veterans in today’s society. Veterans often return home and find themselves unfamiliar with the job market and interview process, for example, and one of the most important factors to consider is undoubtedly the lack of help that veterans receive. For Gulf War-era II veterans especially, it’s important to keep in mind that many returning individuals may not have ever had an actual job interview before serving overseas. This is a serious issue that deserves attention. There are a myriad of nuances and unspoken rules by which to abide and observe when applying and interviewing for a job, and many of them are only learned through experience.
Presenting yourself in the best possible light for the job you’re applying is vitally important – this is probably a near-universal truth. This is part of the reason why the phrase “dress for success” remains part of modern vernacular. Dressing appropriately plays a big role in how you are perceived as well as whether or not you are considered as a serious candidate for the job. It seems somehow appropriate, then, that veterans are finding help in one of the most unlikely of places: ties.
David Fin Luxury Neckwear
David Herzka has seen exactly how hard it can be for veterans to find work as civilians. After watching one of his best friends return home only to struggle to find a job, he decided to make a statement and draw attention to the issue. As the CEO and founder of the luxury neckwear line David Fin, Herzka reached out to Hiring our Heroes, a program that assists veterans, servicemembers, and military spouses in finding work via activities like job fairs and resume workshops. When he established his tie business in 2014, Herzka ensured that every single tie sale would help benefit the Hiring our Heroes program and help raise both awareness of the program as well as drive more funding its way.
Every tie that Herzka produces features a silk camo tipping in order to remind customers of the need to bring attention to the cause of veteran employment. They also include a small notecard that explains the mission behind the partnership between Hiring our Heroes and David Fin ties. Because the ties are a luxury good that are targeted to businessmen, he is raising awareness among powerful audiences with the ability to help keep awareness of Hiring our Heroes relevant. Additionally, he balances the sales from his ties between keeping his business going and making donations to the Hiring our Heroes project himself.
Whether or not you’re interested in buying a tie or just want to help spread awareness to the issue of the unemployment rate of veterans in the United States, keep David Herzka’s line of luxury David Fin neckwear in mind. It’s nice to see someone care so passionately about the plight of our veterans that he finds a way to work awareness into every tie he sells.
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