Best of America

Jobs for Veterans: Donna Bachler, the Administrator

Burdened with post-traumatic stress disorder from her 12 years in the Army, this veteran endeavors to find a place in America's workforce.

 

Donna Bachler’s brother Darrin Edward Rossi, private first class, U.S. Army, lies in a military cemetery in New Jersey. A victim of what Bachler calls the “invisible wounds” of war, Rossi, at age 33, took his life in 2005 while struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Bachler bears similar wounds.

As an Army reservist, Bachler took part in the recovery effort at Ground Zero after 9/11. Subsequently, she served in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she sustained multiple ankle injuries. The net effect of military service coupled with her brother’s suicide left her with physical and psychological wounds she carried home after her tour of duty ended in March 2011.

Since then, Bachler has struggled with PTSD. “You can’t see PTSD, but it’s always there,” she says. “I fight it the best I can, but I’m always on guard in a crowded environment, always hypervigilant.”

The best medicine Bachler has found for the ongoing anguish over her brother’s suicide and for the chronic pain following reconstructive ankle surgery is Grapefruit, her psychiatric service dog. Grapefruit is by her side day and night to help cure her insomnia, reduce her dependence on pain medication, and calm her fears about everything from flying to meeting people.

 

you're welcome America, now hire us Donna BachlerBut employment still seems out of reach. Bachler has sent out nearly 500 résumés since she left military service. Yet interviews have been rare. Taking Grapefruit with her, as she must, is like “wearing a big sign around my neck saying ‘Don’t Hire,’ ” she says. She has never been called back for a second interview.

Another burden Bachler and other vets bear is an anemic personal network in the civilian job market, a result of years spent in service. The Wounded Warrior Project, created to support and assist injured service members, has provided her with guidance and some contacts, but so far the leads have not panned out.

Facing a dismal job market, Bachler and her husband, Don, who retired from service on April 1, 2012, have decided to leave their home in Leavenworth, Kansas, and try their luck in San Antonio. The job market there, they have heard, may be better.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you the newsletter each week, and we may also send you occasional special offers from Reader's Digest. For more information please read our privacy policy.

5 thoughts on “Jobs for Veterans: Donna Bachler, the Administrator

  1. I was hit by a hand grenade at close range in Iraq 06’….U.S. Marine Corps.  Spent 9 months in a wheelchair, then a cane, then crutches.  I now work every single day, make good investements with my money, and am living absolutely medication free without a complaint.  You were in Kuwait?….Really?  This is the exact reason why OIF OEF Veterans are struggling to get hired.  Its embarassing and comical.  Get real, you should have never joined.

  2. I was hit by a hand grenade at close range in Iraq 06’….U.S. Marine Corps.  Spent 9 months in a wheelchair, then a cane, then crutches.  I now work every single day, make good investements with my money, and am living absolutely medication free without a complaint.  You were in Kuwait?….Really?  This is the exact reason why OIF OEF Veterans are struggling to get hired.  Its embarassing and comical.  Get real, you should have never joined.

  3. Donna- I hope the military has offered you EMDR therapy for PTSD. I have gone through the therapy myself, though not a vet…and understand there has been great success using it for military veterans.  It has been a wonderful therapy for me to help me retrain my brain to accept the trauma I experienced and be able to move on in life. I highly recommend it to you.
    Bless you for your service and best wishes for continued good health.

  4. Hey MarineVet – she helped at 9/11 recovery dude, lost her brother to suicide. My brother,2/75 Rangers, did the same, I’m retired military,ended up with some surgeries myself. Anytime you want to walk in my boots, or hers, feel free. You are the one that needs to get real. Out.

  5.  Donna Bachler …  Seriously???  Kuwait is like a vacation compared to
    Iraq or Afghanistan.  There is no one getting shot at in Kuwait.  You
    sprained your ankle and you are suffering from PTSD?  Wow.  Get real. 
    Stop milking the government and the American people for money because of
    your “PTSD” caused by a sprained ankle.  Yeah you had to get surgey…
    so do kids who sprain their ankle or break their arm or leg.  Athletes
    have surgery all the time.  No one gets PTSD from surgery.  No wonder no
    employer wants to touch you.  I wouldn’t either.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram

@kristencarney

Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.

@sixthformpoet

Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”

@NicCageMatch

Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 
—Alcohol

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.

Fields marked with an * are required
Foods That Harm Foods That HealWant a Free eBook?
FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL offers important information about the role diet plays in the struggle against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Answer the question below to receive your FREE digital eBook.

Someone in my household experiences the following conditions:

Send me a link to download FOODS THAT HARM, FOODS THAT HEAL:
By clicking below, I agree to the Trusted Media Brands Privacy Policy