Many years ago, my father served as a general in the Indian Army. He was well-respected, and I looked to him as a role model. After discharge, the world shifted. He was estranged in the corporate world he had hoped would welcome him.

I see many veterans in this country now struggling this way. They return from service -- having spent years cultivating the qualities of focus, dedication, integrity, ethics and tenacity -- unable to find a job.

Why do the men and women who have sacrificed for their country find themselves unemployed? Perhaps there's a stigma that they must manage and be managed with a heavy hand. Perhaps there's a skill-set mismatch. Or perhaps the transition into a civilian role is more difficult than expected.

At last count, there were 4.2 million job openings in the United States and a 9 percent unemployment rate for veterans. While the government has started programs to help veterans transition into corporate and civilian life, the gap between job openings and employed veterans remains.

I see an opportunity for our government to use public policy, in addition to existing programs and technology, to shape veteran job placement to benefit veterans, corporations and the government.

Living in Silicon Valley, I have seen what technology can do in the private sector for both job seekers and human resources. It can do the same for veterans.

For example, a program like Transition GPS, a government-funded, weeklong career-coaching and transition support service for all transitioning military personnel, could easily add a job aggregator for participating corporations. Transition GPS already gives veterans access to its online coaching. As a veteran identifies a career path, the job aggregator could, through semantic search and other technologies, make customized suggestions for local jobs.

Corporations could be incentivized through government funding or contests with financial or other rewards to participate or hire a certain number of veterans.

And what of the skills gap? The GI Bill and Veterans Retraining Assistance programs are great, but not every veteran desires to go back to school. Moreover, many jobs don't require a degree or technical certification. Yet technology can help veterans bridge the gap.

Massive Open Online Courses can assist veterans who need learning and skills but not degrees or certifications. If MOOCs were made available directly through the government's resources, then it would remove some of the barriers to obtaining skills that quickly could lead to a veteran's next job.

Another way to ensure that veterans will use those MOOCs is to provide, at the state level, incentives for veterans to add certain skills to their resume. These incentives again could be offered and tracked directly through an online portal. Incentives could even include preferred job seeker status, flagging those online profiles for employers (and recruiters) seeking candidates with certain skills.

Aligning government, corporations and veteran job seekers through technology is a win for everyone. Unemployment can be reduced and jobs filled, and the men and women who would have sacrificed their lives for us no longer feel as though they've sacrificed their livelihood.

There are many challenges that need to be addressed in the transition from military to civilian life, but by providing useful, accessible and advanced technologies, in addition to the right incentives, we make the challenge easier to overcome.

Sanjay Sathe is president and CEO of San Jose-based RiseSmart.