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Brandon Markey, Casselton, N.D., Published August 12 2012

Get real about hiring veterans

You hear on the news daily about the current job situation in America, specifically about veterans who are out of work. As a veteran myself, I have been affected by the current state of affairs, and I know many others who have also.

Everyone says, “Oh, you are a veteran. You get preference points, so you are a shoo-in.” Well, I and many other veterans out there know this is false. There are two big issues that a veteran faces today. Every job requires a degree and/or work experience. Unfortunately, if you are a veteran, you didn’t have either of these luxuries. Instead of going to college or going to work after high school, veterans decided to serve their country, many sacrificing life, limbs and, sadly, their sanity. Then they come home and begin looking for a job to support themselves and their families, and they get nothing but closed doors.

Being a veteran, I might be a little biased, but there is no excuse for the veterans of this great country having a higher unemployment rate than the rest of the country.

Though a veteran may not have job experience or a college degree, I can guarantee one thing, and that is that any business that looks past those two requirements will not regret the decision. The work ethic, adaptability, quick thinking, etc., of a veteran will far outmatch somebody who just graduated from college, guaranteed.

I’m not asking every business owner/manager to look past other candidates, all I ask is that they give a veteran a chance. I think they have earned that right.