proud veterans--I salute your call to action on behalf of: "Helping Our Veterans" relative to employment consideration.
A heartfelt thank you!
On June 16, 1942 the New Mexico Albuquerque Journal had a front page article with photos entitled "GIVE FIVE SONS TO THEIR COUNTRY". The photos are those of my grandparents, on my mother's side, and their five sons (my uncles-THE CHAVEZ BROTHERS) in military uniform, all in the service (Marines & Army) at the time--all fighting in airplanes, tanks and in the infantry in WWII.
My uncles went into the service when the U.S. entered the War in 1941. Except for one uncle who died in Italy, four of my uncles did return home. Three of them were still living when I and three of my brothers entered the Marines and the Army during the Vietnam War. My two eldest brothers went to the Marines; a younger brother and I entered the Army (my younger brother retired from the National Guard). My father was also a proud veteran—a 100% disabled Army veteran from the Korean War related experience. On the younger side of my extended family are four additional veterans Marines, USAF and Army soldiers--my nephews (one with a wife who served in the USAF).
I share this here of all places because I actually owe my Army experience to getting into recruitment in the first place. As fate would have it, I entered the Army in 1971 with clear knowledge that I was Vietnam bound. Boot Camp was at Fort Polk, La--the jump off point to go, non-stop, to the war zone. The graduating class just ahead of my class all went straight to Vietnam after Advanced Infantry Training.
Then something unexpected happened. My graduating class were dispersed everywhere but Vietnam. Some went to Korea, Germany and to bases stateside. I went straight to Washington D.C. for assignment to the Presidential Traveling Team (that part of the team that arrives ahead of the president to secure places he was scheduled to appear).
My recent college degree, high test scores and performance evaluations rated me tops to go to one of the plum assignments in the military--but I turned it down. I had just been married during Christmas leave and noted that the Traveling Team would be traveling 100% of the time. As a newly married soldier I asked for reassignment and got it. I interviewed with the Deputy Director of the Officer Personnel Directorate (OPD) at the Pentagon. He, a full-bird Colonel, reporting to the Brigadier General for OPD, commented after our interview, "Any goddamn private can do any goddamn GS 13's job (his GS-13 Action Officer was retiring) and he placed me on an Action Officer's desk with responsibilities for Civilian staffing (recruitment, transfers, promotions, and terminations) for the fourteen DA level branches of the Army, e.g, the Adjutant General, Finance, Infantry, Quartermaster, Aviation, Air Defense, Military Intelligence, Signal, Logistics, etc., along with the Army Suggestion Program and Special Projects. So, I've been involved with recruitment, inclusive of veterans, since then--39 years now and going strong.