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Alaska veterans to the front of the line

Posted: July 1, 2011 - 9:32am

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.

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cheapersmokes 07/02/11 - 05:21 pm
Hire a veteran!

How about it employers.....when your looking to hire a new employee why don't you make sure you hire a veteran if one has applied and is remotely qualified, They will learn the job faster than someone else and will also perform very well all of the time since they have been trained to accomplish the mission above all else.

pamelahorton 07/12/11 - 10:52 pm
new veterans

The vets returning from the Afghan and Iraq wars are faced with serious road blocks, at times, in adapting to civilian life. Among other issues such as mental distress suffered in combat, the new generation of veterans has a greater rate than normal of being homeless and unemployment. Here is the proof: Homelessness and unemployment plague new veterans.

spwright 07/13/11 - 09:03 am
No Comments ?

"pamelahorton" Wed. 7/13/11
I sincerely wish that I was Wrong with the following statements but it has Proven to be True.

No One to Very few that read the Clarion actually make the time to respond to Veteran's issues.

Just mention the word "Homosexual" or "Fish" & there will be a flood of responses from the Public that reads the Clarion.

Bottom Line : No One Gives a Damn about Veteran Issues.

There is some sort of Social Taboo happening when it comes to discussing anything that involves Our Iraq & Afghanistan
Military Veterans. I have No Clue as to Why ?

This Apathy does prove to me that ONLY Our Military & Their Families & Our Veterans are fighting the Global War on Terrorism while the rest of America is "@ the Mall" & have removed themselves from The Fight.

Don't believe that this is True ?
Write a Letter to the Editor about Our Military Veterans & the War in Afghanistan & wait for responses to that Letter.
Bring up the issue of the War in Afghanistan at a gathering & watch how fast people turn & walk away.
Then write a Letter about "Homosexuals" & see what happens.

This Ole ParaTrooper sincerely appreciates the Fact that You
made the time to respond about Our Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans.

SPW "Airborne"

Raoulduke 07/14/11 - 07:45 am
Place the Vets First

All veterans after having especially served in Combat.Has shown they can follow orders without complaint,and will go the extra distance to finish a job well.They should go to the front of the line.
Apathy towards veterans is not a new phenomenon.I have had people treat me with the utmost of disrespect on my return home from combat.The problem is. People ask.How was it over there,and what did you do?Civilians just think they want to know.Until a veteran starts to open up to them.Then these people can not believe that nice little Johnny could do such things.Well! My,and your government TRAINED them.They did what their country asked of them.
All combat veterans PRE-PAID,and deserve the front of any employment line.PERIOD.

spwright 07/14/11 - 03:08 pm
SFC Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor 7/13/11

Thur. 7/14/11

Please make the time to view the interview between NBC's SCOTT PELLY & Sgt 1st Class SFC LEROY PETRY
awarded the MEDAL OF HONOR Wed. 7/13/2011

This Army Ranger was wounded in both legs w/ gun shot wounds & his right hand had been blown off by a grenade & he still functioned & carried on as the Weapons Platoon Sgt !
Amazing story that's more than worth your time to view.
All of which is officially confirmed by a intensive investigation
since 2008.

This is also located at the Army Home Page with alot more details.

To those of Us that actually Care, THANK YOU for making the Time to share this story.

SPW "Airborne All the Way"

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