Returning Vets Face Job Discrimination by Federal Government

Laws are for the private sector.

Every year, more than a thousand National Guard, reserve and active-duty troops coming back from Iraq, Afghanistan or other military duties complain of being denied jobs or otherwise being penalized by employers because of their military obligations.

The biggest offender: the federal government.

It is against federal law for employers to penalize service members because of their military service. And yet, in some cases, the U.S. government has withdrawn job offers to service members unable to get released from active duty fast enough; in others, service members have been fired after absences.

In fiscal 2011, more than 18 percent of the 1,548 complaints of violations of that law involved federal agencies, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

“On the one hand, the government asked me to serve in Iraq,” said retired Army Brig. Gen. Michael Silva, a reservist who commanded a brigade in Iraq and was fired from his job as a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol contractor on his return. “On the other hand, another branch of government was not willing to protect my rights after serving.”

Read the whole thing, especially the part about the DOJ declining to help returning Veterans facing job discrimination.  I guess they’re too busy running guns into Mexico.

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One Response to Returning Vets Face Job Discrimination by Federal Government

  1. Fear not! Barack Hussein 0bama has a job plan for veterans! It involves dumping them in the middle of the wilderness in some work-camps reminiscent of FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps- because nothing just SCREAMS ‘The Economy is on the mend!” like reviving a depression-era government run work camp!

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