Politics Aside: Military Veterans Have Gone Above and Beyond

Americans have many items to be grateful for from your last decade. Two of America’s most wanted terrorists were plucked from the world; Osama Bin Laden was killed this year, and Saddam Hussein was killed in 2006. Today, greater than eight million Afghan youngsters are participating in school when compared with fewer than tens of thousands of children who were participating in 2002 (Miles, 2012). Today, 80% of Afghanistan’s population is able to use over 6,200 miles of paved roads to better their country’s economy (Miles, 2012). Since the terrorist attaches of 9/11, America has experienced a political fracas among conservatives, liberals and everyone in between. Politics aside, the U.S. military is liable for assisting to further the social and economic dynamic of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I believe the insurgency is beginning to be aware of they cannot continue their terrorist acts with the past from the Afghan people, along with the only clear solution is reintegration into a peaceful Afghan society,” Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson of the German army, spokesman for your NATO-led ISAF coalition, said inside a news conference within the Afghan capital of Kabul, January 24th, 2012. Despite the costs, America’s military played an important role in freeing Iraq and is also now making an effort to make significant headway in building a stronger and much more independent Afghanistan.
I will admit that I got more out of the United States Marine Corps as opposed to Corps got beyond me. Having made a decision to serve my country, and from my experience within the Corps, I saw what veterans undergo, as I went from being a teenager without any discipline to as being a Marine – one which was polished, disciplined, and proud to serve the Corps. I spent eight years being a public affairs specialist and during the period, I was stationed in Japan, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. where I worked in radio, print and the public affairs office inside the pentagon. I joined the Marine Corps right from high school without having schooling, and honorably exited the Marine Corps eight years later, with both a Bachelor’s degree (Majored in English and minored in Journalism) along with a Master’s degree (Public Relations Management) – all achieved with all the help of the GI Bill which enabled me to graduate debt-free.
Although I never deployed to combat, I have heard stories and heard Marines as well as other military members who have been involved in legendary battles, like the first push for Fallujah (Iraq), and still have seen hell, only to return with irreparable scars and painful nightmares. When one travels afar for war and has seen a great deal of combat, in the country a long way away from your home, no doubt will see your face have changed. Unspeakable acts of horrors and violence happen in war – war just isn’t pretty, clean, nor merciful. Some may come back “a-ok” although some will have a tough time getting adjusted to society.
America can be a place of limitless opportunities and unsurpassed freedom – paid for dearly using the blood and tears of ordinary males and females in our military, from its infancy presenting day. Each branch in the service contributed their part to defending America’s freedom, from the inception in the Marines, Navy and the Army in 1775 towards the Air Force in 1947. It’s no small wonder why America is the foremost place on Earth to live: our military.
In 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor reported the unemployment rate among veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 over twice the unemployment rate among non-veterans within the same age. Aaron Smith, from CNN, reported the jobless rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has dropped nearly five percentage points below exactly what it was a year ago, from 12.5% to 7.6% (Smith, 2012). Awareness and education probably contributed on the decline in veteran unemployment these most recent months. However, with the war winding down in Afghanistan, the amount of troops coming back home will rise, adding to the unemployment rate when they look for jobs and try to rejoin the workforce. Today’s veterans are diverse, conform to different environments, are disciplined, vigilant, and still have a strong work ethic – traits a large number of companies try to find in the potential employee. In short – veterans are incredibly employable. We just need to enable them to increase the risk for right connections and arm them using the right tools, to allow them to continue to succeed inside the future.

To help arm veteran with those tools, Hiring our Heroes, a national program in the US Chamber of Commerce, has been delivered to Cleveland with the work of the Ohio Department of Veteran Services, Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Cleveland State University, MAGNET and also the Greater Cleveland Partnership. All services provided in the event cost nothing. Each company attending is going to be hiring for around five open positions in their company June 29th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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