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U.S. Army veteran Boris Kogan, standing, says a veteran with four years in the infantry may not have marketable skills, but ā€œprobably can operate in an environment of stress and ambiguity.ā€ Kogan is CEO of SwarmBuild Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Tel Aviv, Israel. (Courtesy of Andy Stoll/Iowa Startup Accelerator)

Finding a fit for veterans

Many firms making the effort to find compatible positions that can utilize the skills officers, enlisted personnel acquired in the services

The breakfast nook and kitchen in the Carmelita model of Stillbrooke Homes feature hand-finished cabinets and granite countertops. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

Builder filling NE Heights sites

Vacant land is pricey and in short supply in the Northeast Heights, but homebuilders are finding ways to squeeze in pockets of new houses here and there.

Body products, including lotions, are displayed here at a Whole Foods Market. These kinds of products can be labeled as organic with little federal oversight, but some retailers such as Whole Foods have stepped in with their own standards. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Rules sketchy on nonfood organic products

Strict rules govern organic food, but regulations for nonedible products such as household cleaners, textiles are murkier

Restaurant waitress Catherine Bryant says she feels safer working at fancier establishments compared to more inexpensive places. (Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post)

Tips’ unwanted attention

Waitresses often suffer through inappropriate advances rather than risk forgoing gratuities to defend their dignity