Program designed to help vets get jobs

December 5, 2013

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE (WDTN) — A new campaign is designed to lower Ohio’s unemployment rate among veterans.

A class of airmen who are leaving the military got to hear firsthand Monday about the industry that Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor thinks can bring down the veteran unemployment rate.

Ohio estimates 17,000 jobs in the insurance industry will open up in the next five years alone as Baby Boomers in that field begin to retire. The state is partnering with insurance companies and universities on something called Insuring Ohio Futures to help veterans transition to those jobs.

Post 9-11 veterans have about twice the unemployment rate of the rest of the state according to numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“One of the things that will make Insuring Ohio Futures successful is the collaboration between industry, government and higher education,” said Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

Col. Steven Foss, a 23-year Air Force veteran who is leaving the military, said he doesn’t believe he’ll go the insurance route, but thinks programs like Insuring Ohio Futures are a step in the right direction.

“A number of years ago people were either separated or retired and you got a little bit of training but you never really knew what was out there,” Col. Foss says.