MRC discusses military-civilian transition at annual luncheon

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Military Relations Council held their annual luncheon Thursday.

The MRC recognized this year’s Armed Services Award winners and, with key note speaker Dr. Art Degroat, held a conversation about military members transitioning from the military to everyday life.

Degroat, the founder of the Office of Military and Veteran’s Affairs and the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Innovation Center at Kansas State University, discussed the struggle for veterans finding jobs once out of the military and how they make good employees.

“They’re great people,” Degroat said. “They may not be work-place ready, what they did in the military may not be directly the job that someone’s hiring for, but they are great employees. They are loyal, they’re faithful, they’re trustworthy, they’re industrious. So, they make great employees.”

Degroat said over 4 million veterans are looking for jobs after wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are concluding.