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The Grow with Google program has added a new module to help veterans find jobs that match their skill sets after leaving the service. Those who have served their country say the transition back into civilian life can be difficult and Google hopes to ease some of the stress in finding adequate employment. That includes some special features in Google's mobile apps.

Google wants to pair veterans with jobs that match their specific military job codes, like MOS, AFSC, or NEC. Google is expanding the capability to other hiring sites like FedEx, Encompass Health Careers, Siemens Careers, CareerBuilder, and Getting Hired.

Veterans wanting to start their own businesses can also use Grow with Google. A new feature offered is Google My Business on Google Maps which lets businesses identify as veteran-owned or led.

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Research finds service people, about 250,000, are taking jobs below their skill levels after transitioning out of the military because there adequate communication resources aren't in place. Those who do find work are sometimes underpaid despite working full time, being over 40 years-old, and having a college education.

Veteran homeless and suicide has become an epidemic as well.

In 2017 alone, 1.4 million veterans were at risk of becoming homeless and 39,000 were homeless. Veterans account for 14.3 percent of all deaths by suicide.

A $2.5 million grant from Google is going to the USO to help service people transition into civilian life. Service people with universal skills such as leadership and teamwork will get career guidance. Though it doesn't guarantee a job, it could make a difference.

Grow with Google also helps teachers, local businesses, students, and small startups.

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Takeaways

  1. "Grow with Google" launched a new module to help veterans transitioning back into civilian life to find jobs that match their skill sets.
  2. Coming back into civilian life presents several job-seeking challenges for veterans. Sometimes former service people wind up in low paying jobs that they're overqualified for. At worst, they can end up homeless.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.