Americans at Work: Returning Veterans

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By Alan Taylor and Emily Anne Epstein
This week, our “Americans at Work photo essay features photographs of military veterans returning to civilian lives in New York, made by photographer Emilie Richardson: “Like many Americans, veterans have experienced obstacles in finding employment since the economic decline in the 2000’s.
With the passage of the post-9/11 GI Bill in 2001, which can cover a veteran’s entire educational costs, more and more veterans now have access to higher education. Many are pursuing degrees in medicine, and have access to work study programs in the field created by the Bureau of Veterans Affairs. Throughout this essay, I document several returning veterans at the start of their civilian careers. Two of the veterans were injured during service, and have struggled to get appropriate medical and employment assistance.
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