As a returning veteran and a local born and raised in this community, I am very disappointed in what myself and other veterans face when it is coming to getting hired in our communities.
That is especially true for those [who, like me], are also currently serving in the North Carolina National Guard. What fellow veterans and I have observed is that people will be quick to thank you for your service; however, when it comes to job hiring, our service and sacrifices don’t make a difference (let alone if you have a college degree).
I can’t speak for all the younger veterans, but I would prefer not having to move from this lovely county that I was born and raised in, but in order to provide for my family I will have to eventually move where my skills and experience are better appreciated by the private sector and local government.
Veterans have experience that you can’t find in just a recent college graduate or someone who has only experienced this area’s environment. I only hope our county government can do more to perhaps encourage local veterans to stay in this region and work in whatever sector they specialize in.
Personally, I have applied to many jobs and occupations here [and in the Asheville area] that are tailored to my experience, education and specialty. No luck.
This is just something to ponder over for the upcoming year. For some, it’s a constant struggle week to week to find a job that will provide for their families and fit the experience and training the military provided.
The next time you are thanking a veteran, maybe thank them with something more than just a handshake and self-fulfilled appreciations.