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JP Morgan exec warns against being like Tommy R. Franks or Donald Rumsfeld when it comes to employing veterans

That is, getting there, or getting them employed, is only half the fight. The next step is to keep them. Nathan Herman writes that, "We need to win the long war to successfully combat veteran unemployment. We are currently experiencing veterans ‘shock and awe’ — are we sufficiently focused on what comes after a veteran is hired?" ...

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That is, getting there, or getting them employed, is only half the fight. The next step is to keep them. Nathan Herman writes that, "We need to win the long war to successfully combat veteran unemployment. We are currently experiencing veterans 'shock and awe' -- are we sufficiently focused on what comes after a veteran is hired?"

In other words, he explains, "True success isn't just a measurement of how many veterans we've hired but also by how many we've retained and promoted."

That is, getting there, or getting them employed, is only half the fight. The next step is to keep them. Nathan Herman writes that, "We need to win the long war to successfully combat veteran unemployment. We are currently experiencing veterans ‘shock and awe’ — are we sufficiently focused on what comes after a veteran is hired?"

In other words, he explains, "True success isn’t just a measurement of how many veterans we’ve hired but also by how many we’ve retained and promoted."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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