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May 23rd, 2009
03:43 PM ET

In their own words

We've heard a lot of people talking about our troops today.

We want to take a moment to listen to their voices. This week a CNN crew traveled to Fort Benning, Georgia and talked with troops who will deploy soon.

Some for the first time, some making return trips. Here they are in their own words.


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  1. brad

    My frustration stems from the false sense of certainty we are given during separations classes.  We are told that there are employers actually looking to hire veterans. We are given websites like usajobs.com, careerbuilder.com, hirevetsfirst.com, and told to create profiles on these websites, submit resumes, and it should be easier because employers are looking for us. The only ones looking to hire veterans are security guard companies and contractors. Well I have an outstanding resume, I mean it is great, but I have been turned down as sales associate at Sprint, AT&T, Verizon. As assistant manager at CVS pharmacy (supposed to be a big military recruiting company), Home Depot, and Lowes, CSX railroad actually through out my application because the recruiter wouldn't allow me to speak over the phone when i called to check on the status of the application. A huge slap in the face.I work with 4 recently separated marines, 1 former Army Sgt. 2 Marine reservists and an Air Force reservist. It is just a big slap in the face. I am 50% disabled and after being out 2 year, had to give up on vocational rehabilitation because my counselor never answers emails, returns phone calls, but asks me to make a 45 minute drive for a 5 minute conversation, asking me over and over "So how is work going" then tells me he will call me with my next steps but never does. Just fed up with the hunt and thought these people were supposed to help?

    May 23, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  2. warren

    i served in the navy under reagan i was pround to be an american and proud of my president i feel sorry for our troops today obama biden and ditsy pelosi they have nothing to be proud about today they are nothing but cannon fodder please god look out for our troops with obama as pres they are going to need it

    May 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm |

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