Amid news the economy is improving, one group seems to be getting left behind: veterans.
The numbers are stark: The national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent; veterans under the age of 24 face an unemployment rate of 30 percent, Ann Curry reported this morning on CNBC.
She joined Carl Quintanilla hours after they co-hosted TODAY from Studio 1A to discuss a new NBC News initiative, Hiring our Heroes — a program she says she's almost "too passionate" about.
"There are an enormous number of highly skilled, highly trained people who have great things to offer, can give the fighting spirit to U.S. companies and the economy," Ann said. "And we shouldn't miss this boat."
Hiring our Heroes aims to help veterans find jobs. NBC will shine a light on the issue, provide employment resources and hold free job fairs across the country.
More than 1,500 veterans and military families and 100 companies are expected to participate in events on March 28th at the USS Intrepid in New York City and in Chicago and Fort Hood, Texas. Not in one of those locations? TODAY is partnering with Monster/Military.com to host a virtual job fair.