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May 14, 2013 10:10 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

After Service, Vets Struggle To Find Work

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Karen Fox spent 20 years in the Navy as a military police officer. She traveled around the world, and eventually worked her way up to become a Navy chief. But when she got home, none of that mattered. She couldn't find a job.

"[I was] sending out my resumes, calling companies, submitting applications. You name it, I did it," Fox said, "and I was just not getting callbacks on it."

But she couldn't figure out why. Then she realized she'd never looked for a job.

"They[the military] pretty much tell you where to go and now all of a sudden you're out there searching on your own," she said. "You don't have that knowledge base of how to look for a job."

After a year of searching, Fox landed at job at the Texas Veterans Commission where she now works to help other veterans find work.

"I'm on the other side of the fence now, so when these people come in - the veterans looking for work - I know exactly what they're thinking, what's going through their head," she said. "Every look on their face - I've had it, I've been there."

But Fox is just one of many recently-retired veterans who struggled to find work. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans is 9.9%, much higher than the 7.5% national average.

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