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Employment Program Helps Veterans Transition Into Civilian Life

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After the Vietnam War, Bob Simpson says it took him more than a decade to cope with the trauma he experienced. He's now the director of a veterans’ employment program in Maryland and D.C. Simpson says he's trying to help Iraq and Afghanistan war vets from making the same mistakes he did.

Simpson also indicates, many service members are struggling with homelessness because of lifestyle choices they made after their deployments.

"I mean when a guy comes home from war he doesn't have the VA on his mind,” says Simpson. “He probably is going to want to go party, be with friends, go back, enjoy life, you know what I mean. Then they might have crossed the line into addiction. Get an addiction going on, and then they end up getting arrested, losing family, lose friends, losing jobs. It's pretty bad.”

Simpson's group, the Weigh Station, is opening up a new home for 27 homeless female veterans in the next year. They are also counseling veterans with criminal records and putting them in touch with potential employers.

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