ERIC Number: ED063529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-1
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Special Report [on the] Employment Problems of the Vietnam Veteran.
National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.
A report analyzing the special problems and needs of the Vietnam-era veterans and offering some recommendations in regard to training and employment is presented. This report is based on available statistical data along with results of small group interviews with returning veterans and meetings with officials responsible for programs affecting veterans. Problems include the reverse cultural shock confronting the veteran upon his return home. In addition, the veteran discovers that the unpopularity of the war is a social disadvantage for him and that his absence from civilian life is a handicap when applying for a job. Inadequacies relating to employment programs include: (1) lack of program coordination, (2) information gap, undue emphasis on higher education, and (3) under-utilization of young veterans. The following profile characterizes the returning veteran: (1) He is between 20 and 24 years old and is from a lower middle class or disadvantaged background; (2) He holds a high school diploma or less and is unlikely to take advantage of his GI educational benefits; and (3) He saw military service in Vietnam and received little or no training in civilian-related skills while in the military. It is recommended that: (1) The Administration coordinate all public and private programs of assistance; (2) A national public information be launched and greater emphasis be placed on vocational education under the GI Bill; and (3) Greater use be made of Vietnam veterans in implementing these programs. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: National Advisory Council on Vocational Education, Washington, DC.