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Report: Some employers reluctant to hire vets with PTSD

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Posted at 1:54 AM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-24 01:54:29-04

New information shows there's another reason some vets can't find work.

Some employers don't believe they're equipped to handle them in the workplace if they have PTSD.

That stigma is causing issues.

Since last September, more than 2.3 million American service members were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and 20 percent of them who return test positive for the stress disorder.

Last month, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans dropped to 9.7 percent.

The 2012 Workplace Warriors Think Tank - made up of business, military and health leaders - released an updated report:

"Few employers are fully prepared to meet the needs of disabled veterans in the workplace, according to research from Cornell University and the Society for Human Resources Management."

Initiatives are in place to help put vets to work, hiring managers just need to embrace them.