Jobs for Veterans: You’re Welcome, America, Now Hire Us

After serving their country with honor, courage, and skill, too many veterans are struggling to find jobs. To prove the point, meet five who are determined to make it—their success will be ours as well.

By Gary Sledge from Reader's Digest Magazine | June 2012
  • Loading

    Eric Smith: The Corpsman

    Age 27
    Navy, 6 Years
    Petty Officer 3rd Class

    You might have overlooked the man in the blue service uniform quietly mopping floors at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore last year. But not so long ago, Eric Smith was wearing military garb and performing emergency medical procedures on wounded soldiers in Iraq. Read his story »

    Andrea Gillotte: The Journalist

    Age 31
    Navy, 8 years
    Petty Officer 2nd Class

    Growing up in a small town outside Nashville, Andrea Gillotte longed to be like the female anchor on local TV news: beautiful, poised and sophisticated—all the qualities she strived for. Gillotte's home life had been chaotic. Her parents, both drinkers, divorced when she was two. It wasn't until her grandmother gained custody of Gillotte at 14 that she began to hope she might make something of herself. Read her story »

    Mark Haake: The Aviation Tech

    Age 24
    Marines, 5 years
    Corporal

    Mark Haake was exhilarated in February as he stood atop the huge hangarlike fleet maintenance building of the city of Columbus, Ohio. He had just been hired by Tipping Point, a solar panel installation company, to help install 2,800 energy-saving panels on the structure. As he surveyed the sky-high job site, he felt, for the first time since he’d left the Marines, that he had a future. Read his story »

    Donna Bachler: The Administrator

    Age 31
    Army, 12 years
    First Lieutenant

    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. Read her story »

    Andrew Steiner: The Squad Leader

    Age 29
    Marines, 4 years
    Corporal

    When a mortar shell exploded inside the tent of his forward operating base in Iraq, Andrew Steiner and 15 other Marines were wounded. Steiner, who received the Purple Heart Medal, still carries shrapnel in his right hand from that 2005 attack, which ended his second tour of duty. Read his story »

    POPULAR RIGHT NOW

    Become more interesting every week!

    Get our Read Up newsletter

    Sending Message
    how we use your e-mail

    Your Comments

    • Neitty

      Are you looking to work from home or you have friends who need additional income. I have tried it and its awesome…so i want others to benefit from it….for more info informations.careers@gmail.com

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2V52JPRBMDABOXBPR7QBLHN7JY Bitter Beer Man

      Scroo the vets, nobody made them enlist. They joined because they are too dumb or ignorant to get a real job, so they enlist, serve a few years, and then want the taxpayers to coddle them for the rest of their lives. Forget it, get a job and quit begging.

      • Agg

        People join to make their lives better or create better circumstances for themselves that would otherwise not be possible. Six years is not a few and the majority are not beggars.

    • http://twitter.com/eagle2758 George Washington

      MarineVet – since when did you become a doctor? Screw you a-hole, grow up.

    • Kaippers

      In 1973 I left the military and entered the civilian job market and on my first job interview I presented my 20 Ton Crane Operator Certificate and the interviewer burst out laughing and informed me that any training by the military was not recognized in the civilian world.  I would think by now that there would be a standardization of training and certification.  And yet Senators want to spend millions to retrain the work force and millions are spent training our military personal and their skills  are not transferable. 

      • Abrem

        I wonder why some have that mentality? If the civilian world had any idea of the motivation, dedication to the mission, easily adapt to just about anything, and loyalty most veterans provide, they’d be hired no questions asked. 

    • MarineVeteran

      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.