From the Front Lines to the Unemployment Line - NBC4 Washington

From the Front Lines to the Unemployment Line

Too Many Vets Struggle to Find Work



    The Battle for Jobs the Focus This Veterans Day

    News4's Julie Carey has more on local soldiers searching for jobs. (Published Friday, Nov. 11, 2011)

    Some veterans that fought valiantly overseas find themselves in another fight at home: The battle to find jobs.

    Far too many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have trouble finding jobs. That can be especially hard for wounded warriors.

    Ryan Faber served in Iraq until he went on medical leave in 2005 because of injuries and the effects of five concussions. For years, finding the right job was almost impossible. He just landed a graphic design position with veteran-operated M1 for Vets, a group that organizes shooting competitions for wounded warriors.

    Faber hopes new legislation offering a tax break to private companies that hire vets will ease the struggle for others.

    Navy veteran Matthew Cheeks, who also spent time in Iraq, was out of work for years until he found an employer who understood his post-traumatic stress disorder: a doctor and pharmacist.

    Other veterans have had an easier path to new employment. Darian Rucks retired from the 101st Airborne on Oct. 3. He's already landed a job as a truck driver but said he was willing to take a pay cut to do it.

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