Vets fight for jobs they left behind

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 27, 2012 - 10:36 AM

Battles and setbacks follow return to civilian posts, despite federal law.

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AirForceGuyFeb. 26, 1212:15 AM

They aren't involuntary missions...we volunteer to do them. Even so, employers are required not to screw around with our livelihood. I intentionally don't mention my military reserve affiliation with potential employers because A.) it's none of their business, and B.) it guarantees that I will not get the job. Federal employment isn't any better, but I think civilians are worse since all civilian organizations simply don't understand "the life" and willfully discriminate when the opportunity presents itself.

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rusty0101Feb. 26, 1212:49 AM

As far as I can tell, the only legitimate reason a business has for not re-hiring an employee at the same seniority, hours and pay (or better based on COLA) after they were activated and deployed for service, is that they went out of business entirely, closed up shop, and the assets have been foreclosed on and resold. Anything less is being a disservice to your business, community and country.

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bizsmithFeb. 26, 12 5:18 AM

It has always been that way. Empty promises of job benefits to Vets. Unfortunately it doesn't promise to get better. Signed Vietnam Vet.

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melvinFeb. 26, 12 6:14 AM

"There was no basis, in my opinion, for him to claim we violated USERRA laws," Bloomington City Attorney Sandra Johnson said......well well. Did he get his job back? We all know the spirit of this law and what it is suppose to mean. It appears that 'to save money' those in power will pull any string in spite of the patriotism and sacrifice of the employee. I find it despicable. As I told my supervisor when told she wouldn't have hired me during Desert Storm if she would have known my obligation. Here she had been Army and could say something like that. I willingly put my life on the line so that she and others could remain in safety behind the lines, I was shocked at this attitude. We Americans seem to like to talk the talk but not walk the walk. We put yellow ribbions around trees, wear pins, decals on the car, flags flying from antennaes. But when it comes down to sacrifice it is the other guy's duty. Whether it be single employers, cities, towns, state or even federal governments, it is a damn shame that any returning vet is put through this treatment. Uncle Sam should hang it's head in shame and all those who relay this type of behavior. Smile and think all you want that you won a battle, but believe me, you have not. It is despicable.

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mnpls1234Feb. 26, 12 6:25 AM

Shame on Bloomington. Makes you think twice about wanting to go shopping in their city.

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northhillFeb. 26, 12 7:14 AM

This is appalling to say the least.The USERRA law should be aggressively enforced by the United States Government.There should be not only civil but criminal prosecution of these employers.In World War II,Korea and Viet-nam,saw enforcement and those drafted returned to their jobs.The Minnesota congressional delegation should together demand that Attorney General Holder aggressively enforce USERRA.This also should mean that an employer who violates USERRA does no business with any Federal State or local government agency.

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prpd148Feb. 26, 12 7:42 AM

I as another vet, and another cop have also experienced this discrimination. No "welcome back", just "when do you retire from the National Guard?" A friend of mine sued the city or Saint Cloud. It is his case that the League of Minnesota Cities cites. I'm gave up being a cop because of this. It worked out for me though.

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tcatheartFeb. 26, 12 8:24 AM

It's unfortunate that you even need a law like USERRA. It's even more unfortunate that companies or businesses won't honor it. Thanks to companies like US bank and 3M who go above and beyond!

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elind56Feb. 26, 12 8:25 AM

The Guard and Reserve should only be used when U.S. security is truly threatened. The plight of Schutz and thousands of others is the result of the cavalier uprooting of young men and women to send them off on missions that have absolutely nothing to do with enhancing national security (and likely do just the opposite) in order to satisfy some politician's desire for a war or two on their political resume' as some sort of personal badge-of-courage. These uprooted citizens are just nameless and faceless pawns in their arrogant quest for a 'legacy'. Ever notice that past Commanders-In-Chief who presided over times of peace and prosperity get very little face time in the history books? Sad but true. It's way past time to shut down 90% of overseas bases and stop trying to mold other countries into some perverse and phony version of a western democracy...at the point of a gun.

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muggleman1Feb. 26, 12 8:38 AM

Upon returning from Vietnam in 1967 I had been employed by the G.N. railroad. They assumed I would not be back until 1968 because a file clerk had made a clerical mistake about my E.T.S.(estimated time of separation). I had to spend almost a year in order to get my position back. I feel for you guys but keep up the fight. You must maintain an attitude of US against them. Good Luck. Didi Mau 67 Superior, Wisconsin

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