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It's Veterans Day. Tom Tarantino, Deputy Policy Director for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, joins us to explain how we can support veterans and their families, and how coming home has changed.
Perhaps the New York City Department of Education can work like President Obama and "cut the red tape of bureaucracy" by allowing all veterans to immediately start substitute teaching in the New York City public schools. Substitute teaching is a good springboard of employment. Veterans could teach New York City students about the importance of discipline and learning about all American history with a much needed command - along with the importance of physical exercise. (It could be a fitting job for any veteran to keep depression at bay.)
Yet another EXCELLENT reason to NOT ship a generation of young people to war that we NEVER should have started!!
Since people in today's military joined voluntarily in the first place, were not drafted, and joined for the purpose of getting job training and various pensions and education benefits, and above all there was no particularly clear "war" that we were involved in, and our view of the conflicts we are involved in is completely tainted by government lies and scandal, nobody particularly views vets as returning heroes. They are just seen as competitors for jobs.
All the publicity about PTSDcan't help.
Your guest should explain these mysterious skills that he keeps claiming veterans have.
This unwillingness on the part of corporations/employers to train afflicts not just vets but ALL workers today. It is a relatively recent phenomenon and a major driver behind the current un/underemployment rate and slow growth.
The disconnect between military service and civilian jobs is, unfortunately, nothing new: when I was released from active duty in Viet Nam, I was given a piece of paper to show to potential civilian employers telling them my skill set and level. I had been an airborne intelligence evaluator, leading a team of thirteen analysts. The "coded" instructions to civilian employers said I should be considered for a job a a "radio or television station manager." Oddly enough, nobody was going to give a 26 year-old a job as a station manager.
Dear Tom Tarantino and all vets - I take every possible opportunity to say thank you for your service. And to say that for all stresses from job-hunt to PTSD or TBI you have an amazing resource in two techniques anyone can learn - nice to have a pro to coach you but you can still get a break on your nervous systems - one of the techniques is called TAT - there's a how-to online at tatlife.com - (Tapas Fleming) The other is another really simple technique - you can find out about this from David Feinstein at innersource.net. He co-authored a book with his wife, Donna Eden and Gary Craig entitled - The Promise of Energy Psychology. These are new, just being checked out by the NIH - they cost nothing and they really work (both are acupressure based.
Isn't part of the problem for veterans looking for jobs that we have a problem with jobs in general here? There are so many people looking that the veterans are just coming back to a bad job market and are at the end of the job-seeker queue.
My wife is a former reserve staff Sargent with the marines. She was advised by Monster.com not to list her military service on her resume for an office manager and later as a library clerk. The reasoning being that was they felt that military background might suggest being a difficult employee. Believe or not. I was shocked myself by that reasoning.
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