Nearly 300,000 Veterans Cut-Off Unemployment Benefits

As the adage declares: “The character of a nation can be measured by the way that nation treats its veterans.” Veterans have a higher unemployment rate than the civilian population by more than two percent. To make matters worse, Congress has failed to act to restore emergency jobless aid, affecting many veterans.

Nearly 300,000 veterans have been cut-off from unemployment benefits since the EUC program expired in December, 2013.

That is according to Chad Stone of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a Washington D.C. based policy organization. The CBPP has urged Congress to extend the emergency benefits retroactively. It doesn’t appear any movement has been made on that in the House of Representatives.

In Nevada, post 9/11 veterans have an unemployment rate of 9.3 percent in 2013 according to data from the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee.