WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — It's no secret that some of America's military veterans need help after returning from active duty.
Many suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, while others have difficulties readjusting to life outside of the military. One of the biggest issues plaguing veterans is finding work after they are out. According to the Department of Labor's website, 3 percent of veterans are unemployed. That includes the more than 2 percent of female veterans who are jobless. It's a number that has begun to trend down over the past year, but still has room for improvement, and there are companies around the nation, like Dog Tag Bakery, which are working toward progress.
Dog Tag Bakery is a nonprofit based in Washington that offers a number of different services to military veterans and their families. Not only does the organization employ veterans and caregivers, but it also educates them through a five-month fellowship program. The bakery aspect of the business is somewhat of a front for a Business Administration program. Courses include accounting, management, communication, corporate finance, marketing, business policy and entrepreneurship. Workers who complete the program leave with a certificate from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. The program has been successful for a number of Dog Tag's members. About 64 percent of those who enrolled in the fellowship are now in professional careers.
The Georgetown bakery also partnered up recently with Starbucks to launch the Dog Tag Bakery Brownie. For just over a month, the dessert was sold in over 8,000 Starbucks locations nationwide in an effort to raise awareness for veteran's causes. Dog Tag's success has brought it some high-class clientele. In August, former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden stopped by to show their appreciation for the business' efforts.
To learn more about Dog Tag Bakery, head over to its website.