When Carl Vickers left the Air Force in 2005, he prepared his resume detailing his skills learned as an aerospace ground equipment technician to present to prospective employers.
During one interview, he recalled, the man behind the desk read his application and asked him why he chose to leave the military. There was nothing from his experience and training, he was told, that could be of use in the civilian work force.
“I was so shocked and angry,” said Mr. Vickers, speaking at a job fair for wounded veterans and military caregivers organized earlier this month by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
“We have all heard the same things repeated time and again about how valuable our veterans are. We were assured that when we returned home we would have somewhere to go.”
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