Originally Posted by 99 SVT Cobra
I just got out of the Army, i was in for 5 1/2 years and was deployed 2 times to Iraq for a total of 28 months. Everyone always says they support the troops and that there are all these opportunities for veterans. Well, I haven't found one. No one really cares if you were in the military unless you got anything besides a Honorable Discharge. I have applied for jobs that I am 100% qualified for and they are hiring for the position and I still don't get the job. No one really cares like they say they do.
First off, I will tell you thank you for your service...I do care about your services and sacrifices, and I'm honest when I say it. 5 1/2 years is a good amount of time, I have a friend who was in the Army for 3 years, and has decided to make a career out of it.
Secondly, I can't say I know what you're experiencing since I haven't served in any armed forces and am not currently. What I would say towards your situation is that the people hiring are letting all the media coverage that they hear get to their heads when they see a veteran. The media is always saying that more and more vets are returning home from the middle east with serious problems and that the suicide rate is at an all time high. Now I'm not saying these things aren't true, I would be a damned fool to say that soldiers aren't suffering in one way or another after war. But I think the average person is associating this issue with every veteran. They feel that every veteran may have social difficulties or personal issues and that this will cause problems at the business, and that they don't want to take a chance on you.
I think it's ridiculous, to not even give you the time or day when you're qualified for the job...it may sound irritating to hear but keep trying and the hell with those who have screwed ya...I like to say everything happens for a reason...
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