Nearly half of recent veterans who use the GI Bill for post-secondary education fail to obtain a diploma or certificate within 10 years. Uninformed choices of college majors are a chief culprit, says The Resume Place.

“Student veterans who have done a certain job in the military need to analyze how it can translate to the world of civilian work.”

Veteran students should select courses, projects, professors and internships that will support their post-graduation careers,” says Kathryn Troutman, author of Military to Federal Career Guide, Second Edition and president of The Resume Place.

There are advantages for Wounded Warriors in seeking federal employment. They can use veteran’s preference in hiring, and the years they accumulated in the military as well as many benefits carry over. The trick is landing the position. Recently the Resume Place, publisher of the Military to Federal Career Guide, 2nd Ed, interviewed Dennis Eley, Jr., Wounded Warrior Coordinator at the OCHR San Diego Operations Center, about the major barriers these vets face as well as the solutions.

According to the Defense Department, nearly 20,000 Americans were wounded in action in the Afghanistan War. When these injuries result in a 30% disability, service members are deemed “Wounded Warriors.” These warriors, like other vets, face challenges when attempting to land federal employment.

“At a time of federal downsizing, the Customs and Border Protection website is displaying a prominent “Now Hiring” notice, part of a push to recruit 2,000 officers to be stationed at air, land and sea ports nationwide.” —, May 2, 2014

The vacancy announcement is currently posted on USAJOBS and closes May 15, 2014.

“The new officers, approved as part of the Homeland Security Department’s fiscal 2014 appropriation, will be assigned to 44 ports in 18 states, according to a statement released on Thursday. Locations include New York; Los Angeles; Detroit; Buffalo, New York; Houston; Dallas; Chicago; Las Vegas; Laredo, Texas; Nogales, Arizona; and New Orleans.” —, May 2, 2014