Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Curse Of The DD214

The DD214 is a military document that shows your separation from active duty in the United States Armed Forces.

In the past this document was a benefit in competing for a job. But for Justin Claus of Racine, Wisconsin, not so much. He was even beat out of a job as a bouncer at a local Racine niteclub to a high school kid with a broken wrist.

"...Claus says he probably won't bring his DD214 along to future job interviews. And if he still can't find work, he has a Plan B: He wants to re-enlist and get the steady paycheck the military provides. But there's a catch — he must be off all medication for a year. That means he'll have deal with the pain of his physical injuries and his PTSD without the drugs that help him. Claus is frustrated that he is still unemployed and says if the military lets him back in, it'll be worth it.
He took his last pill a month ago."

The Navy Times is all giddy with the most recent unemployment figure showing 8.9% in July for post 9/11 veterans. Still above the national unemployment rate of 8.3%.
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