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 for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.