In this article, reporter Eric Markowitz discusses how veterans returning from overseas are encountering a difficult job market with an unemployment rate that is 26 percent higher than the national average. Against this backdrop, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, are spearheading Joining Forces, which has set out to help hire more than 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014. The author also discusses how assistance to veterans also comes in other forms. Finnegan has donated more than 14,000 hours in pro bono work assisting veterans who have had benefit claims denied by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Other Finnegan employees volunteer with the Transition Assistance Program, which helps veterans compose resumes and offers a variety of regional workshops.