News - - At the graduation of the first class in Fort Hood's "Shifting Gears" program, soldiers were awarded with certificates showing they'd completed learning the skills they need to get a job as a General Motors technician. Many said they felt fortunate because many veterans struggle to find jobs once the return to civilian life.

"I've actually had quite a a few friends over the years that've gotten out and a lot of them are on unemployment for six months to a year," said Specialist James Turner, who was a part of the inaugural class.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the state's overall average unemployment rate is 5.2 percent. For service members who left the army after 9/11, that rate is almost doubled. The TWC estimates 920,000 veterans are able to work in the state but not all of them have the training they need to find a job....

...The Shifting Gears program is the first of multiple programs. Representatives from both General Motors and Raytheon Company said they plan to keep partnering with Fort Hood to help more soldiers have an easier transition. Read More At:

- - Volume: 2 - WEEK: 45 Date: 11/4/2014 12:21:37 PM -