Program Helps Vets Shift Gears to Civilian Life

Sep 10, 2012 7:30 PM ET

By Sonya Padgett

Posted: Sep. 10, 2012 | 1:59 a.m.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2012 | 8:58 a.m.

When Jessica Menendez returned from Afghanistan in January, she hoped to find a civilian job that was as rewarding and challenging as her military service.

The Nevada National Guard specialist needed a full-time job, preferably one that allowed her to use the skills she learned during her 11-month deployment. But after a long, frustrating search, the best Menendez, 24, could do was a receptionist job. It was great, she says, but didn't give her the chance to use her leadership skills or knowledge as an inventory manager.

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