My view: Veterans have to readjust to civilian life after war and service


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  • Jack Aurora, CO
    July 8, 2014 4:29 p.m.

    OK, so it's my responsibility to adapt. I get that, but it isn't as easy as it sounds. Vets come from a totally different world, one of values and loyalty and mission focus into a world of "me first" and complaints because the water chiller isn't just so. I had the Raytheon recruiter laugh at me because I didn't have a Top Secret clearance.....I wasn't in a position to need one, so I didn't have one, but I ran a heavy construction battalion maintenance operation, planned and executed movements, managed soldiers and equipment and repair parts and all that entails. But since I didn't get an ASE certification, nobody wanted to give me an interview. Decades of experience and training, but not enough to compete with civilians who couldn't look up a repair part to save themselves. Yeah, my responsibility to adapt.....right. So, I work at something completely different than my decades of military experience, and I still can't understand civilians....

    Old soldiers never die......

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    July 8, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    The DN monitor didn’t like my Veterans comment,
    So I’ll sanitize it and try again.

    2 things.

    1. I was trained for 3 years, and then given a $250 million aircraft, and flew all over the world for the next 6 years.
    When I got out, I couldn’t get a job washing cars. Ex-cons are preferred over Veterans in the civilian sector.

    2. Every soldier enters the military naïve. We believe are morally right, doing a good service. Defending America. But after years of being given orders from politicians who are more concerned with re-election and votes, and could care less about you…you begin to become disillusioned with Politicians in particular, and WAR in general.
    What ARE we fighting for?
    You learn firsthand that politicians are liars.

    Many love the Military,
    but loathe the Warriors.