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Some companies won’t hire veterans due to post-traumatic stress disorder concerns, confusion

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They served their country and many service members are now coming home from the battlefield.

But some are returning home without a job.

While President Obama and other political leaders are encouraging companies to hire vets, many businesses are reluctant.

Paul Delacerda put his life on the line serving with the airborne in Iraq.

He says he struggled to transition from the battlefield to the workplace.

""I think companies are not trained well enough to identify and react to someone who has post-traumatic stress disorder. 'Hire a Hero', that's great but know what you are getting into when you hire one," Delacerda said.

Some Human Resource insiders admit that PTSD scares many companies, so they'll pass on hiring veterans.

Some hiring managers also perceive vets as too regimented, lacking in creativity and initiative, and that their skill sets don't match civilian jobs.

The jobless rate among veterans remains significantly higher that their civilian counterparts.

There is a tax credit for hiring veterans, however, that tax credit expires at the end of the year unless congress extends it.

It's one of those things still in play as we stumble towards the fiscal cliff.

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