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Waukesha Army medic warning veterans to start post-military planning early


WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - Dan Huber of Waukesha was an Army medic for five years.

But two months after he returned home, the 26-year-old Huber is still without a job.

Now, he’s telling his old colleagues at Fort Polk in Louisiana not to make the same mistake he did – wait until leaving the military to think about their civilian life afterward.

Huber says troops must start their post-military planning for months before they get home – and not just for finding jobs, but how they’ll survive in the meantime.

Veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the U.S. as a whole – but younger vets are not as fortunate.

The jobless rate was 20 percent last year for veterans between 18 and 24, despite a wide range of efforts by both the public and private sectors to hire service returnees.

Since late 2011, departing troops have been required to attend workshops on things like writing resumes and improving their interviewing skills.

But Huber said he waited too long to seek the help – and he was too busy serving his country to worry about his future until it was too late. He served in Baghdad in 2008.