When our men and women in uniform come home from Iraq and Afghanistan, many struggle to find a job. Here’s one vet’s story of how the federal government helped her and her family get back on their feet:
After serving 7 years in the US Army, I left with the hopes of finding a decent job and starting a fresh new life with my husband, also a vet, and 4 children in our home state of Florida.
It wasn’t long before we discovered how difficult the transition back to civilian life would be. I applied for, perhaps, hundreds of jobs and went on several interviews in a very short period of time. Still, I was either overqualified or under qualified for some of the same jobs in which I held during my time in service. Even with both of us working and earning $8/hour, it simply was not enough. Once money and resources ran out, we lost nearly all of our possessions and were even homeless a few times over about 3 years.
Just before giving up hope, a friend of mine called and informed me of a career fair for vets in Washington DC.