Alanna Wilson, director of public relations for the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR) at Saint Francis University, penned an article for The Morning Call examining the effect regulations have on veterans returning to the workplace.
Multiple studies have shown veterans have a difficult time re-entering the workforce after their military service has ended. One reason veterans struggle with unemployment is the stigma attached to mental illness, PTSD in particular.
Additionally, a study conducted by CSOR at Saint Francis University found that many veterans are having a difficult time obtaining meaningful employment due to occupational licensing barriers.
"Depending on your position in the armed forces, you may need to start your education and training over again to satisfy the regulation for that particular license," Wilson said. "For example, a veteran shared his story of being a naval electrician. Once he transitioned into civilian life, to continue as an electrician he needed to start over again, including paying licensing and training fees, while still unemployed, to get a license to practice."
Beyond federal and state regulations such as the GI Bill® , Wilson suggests another solution would be to amend certain occupational regulations and licenses for veterans transitioning back into the workforce.
"This may not only help reduce the unemployment rate of veterans but also for civilians," Wilson said. "Being able to bring different skills into the workplace that can only be obtained while serving our country can benefit the workplace. It's our duty to help serve them with something larger than ourselves in the civilian life."
Established in 2016, The Center for Occupational Research (CSOR) is an academic research center within the Shields School of Business at Saint Francis University. Located on the 3rd floor of the newly renovated Schwab Hall, the center offers students who are interested in economics and public policy a substantial scholarship opportunity. Student fellows conduct, analyze, and present research that will go towards developing a national database of occupational regulation focusing on healthcare occupations. Students also have potential opportunities to travel and share their findings at national conferences.