This year, the American economy achieved a historic feat as job openings now outnumber the jobless, the first time on record this has happened. While this is a positive trend overall, there are two groups that risk continuing to be left behind: the youngest post-9/11 veterans, ages 25-34 and the military spouse.

Recent data suggests that post-9/11 veterans have rates of unemployment that are slightly higher than their civilian peers. With approximately 200,000 service members transitioning out of the military every year, many of them in this age group, we cannot afford to risk leaving these talented individuals, who served their country honorably, on the sidelines.

And with military spouse unemployment rates almost double that of their civilian counterparts, we must support military families as they also sacrifice for our freedom and prosperity.