The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

April 2, 2014

Viewpoint: Veterans deserve fair chance in job market

No one would enter a sweepstakes if they knew the check was already cashed. This is how many veterans feel in trying to enter the job market.

The March 8th Herald Bulletin ran an article featuring the new recruits of the Anderson Police Department. The article briefly profiled each one highlighting some very telling “qualifications.”

I doubt if anyone was surprised as to how the candidates appeared to be selected. It was business as usual; it was what this community has come to expect. Some candidates will be donning the uniform for no better reason than their father wore it. Others are fortunate to benefit from a political payback.

Hopefully, one or two rare exceptions are actually qualified — hopefully!

If anyone deserves a break, it should be someone who has earned it by serving his country not just someone who obtains favoritism through politics or nepotism.

Here in Indiana, veterans could use the help.

In a recent town hall meeting a prominent state representative said that Indiana ranks 47th in the nation when it comes to helping its veterans.

I can’t be the only person who finds that appalling.

In 2003, Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, implemented what was to be known as the “Rooney Rule.” Basically, what it said was that before a manager of a NFL team was hired, a minority applicant must be interviewed. It was to help level the playing field.

Today I would like to see the same rule be applied to veterans. After all, as a grateful nation, we owe them, at the very least, that much consideration.

It appears it will fall on the shoulders of the citizens to see that this changes. Let’s demand our government make this their policy.

A veteran’s job search shouldn’t be like a rigged sweepstakes; the check shouldn’t be in the mail until he or she gets a chance.

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