Vets find diminished return on their job-search investment
Like many veterans, former sailor Nick Walker has struggled to find direction since leaving the military in 2008.
Initially, the former yeoman second class returned to his home state of Indiana — 30th among the states in unemployment — and started school. Using the GI Bill, he spent several years as a full-time student, studying psychology.
After graduating in 2011, he looked for a job — any job. He applied to restaurants, retail stores, a medical supply company and a pawn shop.
Earlier this year, after months of leaning on his parents to help with his cellphone bill, he finally took the only job offer he got: The 28-year-old college graduate and military veteran now works at a Burger King.