by Oliver_Halle
 The Agitator
November 23, 2011 11:26 AM | 3703 views | 4 4 comments | 307 307 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
It is deplorable that our military veterans are experiencing the highest percentage of unemployment. Surely it’s not because these service members are unemployable. The military teaches a variety of skills that are useful in our economy. It is a false argument to suggest that “trigger pullers” don’t have requisite skills that translate into civilian counterparts, especially when there are approximately five people with varying skills that support each combatant. I would like to ask how many local companies, have hired a veteran? If not, when there has been a job opening, have you reached out to Dobbins AFB or other military installations to find out if you could post a job vacancy for service members about to rotate to the private sector? (This was common when I was in the Navy a long time ago.) Patriotism is more than displaying the American flag, putting “Support Our Troops” bumper stickers on vehicles, and voting for the politician who “out patriots” his opponents with self-serving lip service.
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December 31, 2011
I don't go around looking for chances to agree with Laura A, but she's right on this one. This nation, including Cobb, give endless examples of high-flown rhetoric to support those who have worn the uniform of our country but all too often don't back the rhetoric up. Everyone should understand that the men and women who have served us don't make foreign policy decisions--they just put their lives on the line to carry it out. So, whether you support or oppose a war or diplomatic effort, as an American you should support--and NOT just with words--those who have served us. And beware of the scuzz-balls who claim they have when they have not.

Mr. Halle should write up a blog entry on his well developed ideas about politicians (and others) who trade on service they never gave. Regards to all, Ed B.
Frank Ward
November 23, 2011
I find it amazing also. I would think that the so-called "job creators" would want to snap up these high quality veterans. I guess they have better things to do with the money which they are hoarding (according to multiple economic reports). It can't be uncertainty as the stock market profitably thrives on uncertainty. So it must be demand or the lack of it, right?
Laura Armstrong
November 25, 2011
Oliver, we've had many discussions on this topic, and as you know my discontent extends to local universities also, with which our family has had quite personal and very distasteful experience.

When a thirty-year combat veteran with extensive experience in the logistics field (that means calculating and packing large shipments etc. in a real-life logistical situation like the largest logistical success in the history of U.S. warfare)...who also has RUN military staff academies (these are like small colleges) as well as the Marine Corps University's curriculum development department -- gets his application for enrollment at the much-heralded SPSU turned down based primarily on an algebra test (and after not having taken algebra in over 30 years) there is something wrong with the admissions process. But ask any of the foreign students who graduated from SPSU in record numbers, and I'm sure they're thrilled to have been admitted. Now, don't you wonder when they're going to strap themselves into a 40-year-old helicopter and man a 50 cal. gun over a remote desert hellhole? I do.

Thanks for bringing this subject to our attention.

And I'd challenge some of Cobb's area businesses to hire returning veterans. Give them a job worth their experience. Give them the respect they are due. Otherwise, quit all the posturing with the lines of flags, the Veteran's brunches, etc. These guys and their families are hurting, and their only alternative (some) is either taking a job way beneath them or going back to the war.
oliver halle
November 25, 2011
Laura, it is your last paragraph that is most poignant. There is a lot of false patriotism out there masked by slogansk bumperstickersk, and flag waiving. It is unconscionalbe that a well-trained veteran is not employable by the very people and businesses that are so "pro-American."
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