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Thu Sep 20, 2012, 01:50 PM

Some Texas Veterans facing tough job search

SAN ANTONIO — The transition into civilian life hasn’t been easy for Michael Jenkins.

After 23 years in the Army, he retired as a sergeant first class in February. He has been unemployed ever since.

Jenkins is not alone in his struggle.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that while veterans have a nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, Gulf War-era II veterans — or those who have served in the military since Sept. 11, 2001 — have an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent. The country’s overall unemployment rate is about 8 percent.

During his military service, Jenkins said he suffered three strokes that have limited his physical abilities and caused a traumatic brain injury.

Although he attends rehabilitation therapy four days a week, those disabilities have become the biggest obstacles to his landing a job, he said.

“I didn’t think it would be this hard,” said Jenkins, 45, who is a single father of three. “Everyone has issues with transitioning. My issue was I didn’t know. I didn’t know it would be like this.”

Chris Suter is another veteran looking for a job.

The 48-year-old retired in March after spending four years in the Marines and 17 years in the Army. He would prefer a federal job where he could apply his military expertise, but after sending out at least one résumé a day since April, he’s searching statewide for anything.

“I could live on a minimum-wage job with a company who wants me there tomorrow,” Suter said.

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 02:04 PM

1. Meet the 40 Senate Republicans Who Betrayed Veterans By Killing $1 Billion in Jobs

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 02:38 PM

2. Where are the Texas republicans on this

Why aren't they on the front lines fighting for our Vets to find jobs in Texas?

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 03:16 PM

3. They should go thank their two Senators who both voted against the Vets' Jobs Bill.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 20, 2012, 05:18 PM

4. Here are our 2 fine chicken hawks votes

Here are the 40 Republicans who voted to keep America’s veterans unemployed,


Cornyn (R-TX)

Hutchison (R-TX)

If any two of the Republicans on this list would have decided to put our veterans first, this bill would have moved forward. Instead, Senate Republicans thanked veterans by denying them jobs.


CHICKENHAWKS AND UN AMERICAN repugs.

Remember and Vote them out

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