Veter­ans De­serve Mean­ing­ful Jobs

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An an­nual Nanos na­tional sur­vey re­leased in November by Com­mis­sion­aires demon­strates over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port for veter­ans as they make the tran­si­tion from mil­i­tary life to a civil­ian ca­reer.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, 94% of those sur­veyed con­tinue to be­lieve that Cana­di­ans have an obli­ga­tion to en­sure our veter­ans find mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment af­ter they've fin­ished their ser­vice in the Cana­dian Armed Forces. “We’ve been hir­ing vets since 1925, so we know just how highly skilled and tal­ented they are,” noted Bill Suther­land, Na­tional Board Chair, Com­mis­sion­aires. With 16 di­vi­sions and more than 20,000 men and women em­ployed across the coun­try, Com­mis­sion­aires is a lead­ing na­tional provider of se­cu­rity ser­vices, and one of the largest em­ploy­ers of veter­ans in Canada.

The sur­vey also in­di­cates that 72% of Cana­di­ans be­lieve that in the last five years, veter­ans have faced dif­fi­cul­ties mak­ing the tran­si­tion to civil­ian jobs. In fact, 54% of re­spon­dents be­lieve it is more dif­fi­cult for to­day’s veter­ans to find civil­ian jobs than it was for veter­ans of the first and sec­ond world wars. As well, nearly 70% of re­spon­dents be­lieve that the skills of to­day’s veter­ans are rel­e­vant and trans­fer­able.

Fi­nally, the na­tional sur­vey re­vealed that 81% of Cana­di­ans think first of veter­ans of the first and sec­ond world wars on Re­mem­brance Day, rather than veter­ans of more re­cent con­flicts.

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