Finally there is some possibly good news concerning the oil and gas industry and jobs in the Cook Inlet.
There is no other group of Alaskans who have earned the right to move to the front of the line and be first with employment opportunities and job interviews than our Alaskan military veterans.
Our Alaskan military families have literately been through hell and back over the last 10 years. Numerous combat deployments and years of separation. Only our military families and our veterans have been fighting the global war on terrorism while the rest of America is “at the mall” and doing their best to forget and ignore the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We are told that “Local Hire” is unconstitutional by Our Legistlators but there are all sorts of ways to provide Employment Opportunities for Our Alaskan Veterans thru Tax Breaks and Preferences to those Employers that Hire Alaska veterans first.
The Unemployment Rate for Our Young Veterans Returning from the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is currently at 27 percent.
I am aware of a young paratrooper who serves with the 101st Airborne Division and has been awarded 8 Purple Hearts — repeat 8 Purple Hearts — and he just re-enlisted because there is no jobs available in his home town. That is just so very wrong.
Hire Alaska veterans first.