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Federal Government Is Major Employer Of Veterans

Aired 11/11/13 on KPBS News.

Veterans now make up almost 30 percent of the federal workforce and not surprisingly, 45 percent of Defense Department employees nationwide are veterans.

California is home to more veterans than any other state in the nation. And San Diego has more federal jobs than any other region in the state. So the results of a study by the Office of Personnel Management are interesting.

Veterans now make up almost 30 percent of the federal workforce. The new report also shows 29 percent of the federal government’s new hires last year were veterans.

Milton Roe is a San Diego Navy veteran, who found it easy to apply the electrical skills he learned in the military to work on base as a civilian employee.

“Being ex-military, you already have certain qualities that they’re looking for,” Roe said. “They want people that are go-getters, people that are leaders, people who know how to follow orders. So yes, it was a really smooth transition.”

Not surprisingly, 45 percent of Defense Department employees nationwide are veterans.

In the last five years, the number of disabled veterans employed by the federal government has risen to more than 200,000.

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