Unlike many college students, military veterans bring a set of skills and past training, but are less likely to persist to a degree and more likely to be unemployed. When postsecondary institutions offer college credit for prior learning in the military, most students complete college faster, attain a degree or credential and leave with less student debt.

Steve Brophy, vice president of government affairs for Dollar General, developed a program in California to address unemployment among veterans and brought it to Tennessee when he made the move from the west coast.  While attempting to fill vacant positions, he discovered Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a national program supporting states' investment in employment opportunities for active duty military and veterans.  The Paychecks for Patriots program grew and launched in 2012 to offer an opportunity for veterans to attend local job fairs across Tennessee with a chance for on-the-spot hiring.

In March, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) published a report - the Million Record Project – that analyzes information on veterans who have used the Montgomery or Post-9/11 G.I. Bills education benefits..

The SVA is a service organization that aims to assist student veterans through programs, resources, and support. It...

In 2013, the rate of unemployment among U.S. military veterans lowered but remains much higher than the national data for civilians.   Those veterans who joined the military after September 11, 2001 had an average unemployment rate of 9.0 percent which was down from 9.9 percent in 2012.  However, the U.S. Labor Department reported this was 1.6 percentage points higher than the rate for civilians.

Tennessee joins Iowa and Michigan as being named an "All Star Vet State."  State Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips showcased their collaborative focus on veteran employment which gained them the coveted title.  As part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes initiative this pilot program includes a web-portal designed to assist veterans and active-duty service members around the country quickly access state resource.