Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2017 - 22
in the Water Industry
Veterans are a great fit to an industry
in need of new professionals
BY SANDY SMITH
It's something of a
in heaven. Many water and wastewater
operations have difficulty finding workers.
Military veterans have trouble finding work.
In fact, the unemployment
rate for those who enlisted after
September 11, 2001 is higher than the
overall U.S. unemployment rate. And
veterans who are unemployed tend to
FOURTH QUARTER 2017
stay out of work longer. According to
the Congressional Budget Office, about
50 percent of military personnel file for
unemployment benefits immediately after
their service tenure-indicating difficulty
finding private employment.
Need, meet opportunity.
"With all the folks expected to retire
in abundance, we started asking, 'Why
don't we take some of these veterans
who are coming home and may not have a
career plan to see if they're interested?'"
said Lisa Adams, foundation development
director for the Texas Rural Water
TRWA has received a grant from the
state's veteran's commission that covers
much of the costs of the program. The