Continuing to Support Our Veterans in the Workplace
Angie Morgan, November 20, 2017
This article is adapted from the newest piece written by Lead Star Founder, Angie Morgan, recently published in Newsweek.
Our society doesn’t know how to talk with our Veterans. We say, “Thank you for your service,” usually because we don’t know what else to say. But our appreciation is not enough for the Veterans who are struggling to transition to a successful life after the military.
I drew this conclusion a few weeks ago after a friend forwarded me the resume of a young woman. “She’s a Marine. You’re a Marine. Maybe you can help her find an opportunity in our community?”
I opened her resume only to discover a poorly formatted document that pieced together several minimum wage jobs over the past few years. Why wasn’t her military service listed on page one? I flipped to page two, and discovered that before her brief tenure as a “Sandwich Artist,” she had an impressive four years of service performing a role of mechanic and crew chief on Marine One, the President’s helicopter.
I was stunned. She – one of the very few Marines ever to say that they are responsible for the safety and security of the President of the United States – left the military to work at a minimum wage hourly job? I knew there had to be more to the story, so I called her immediately.
After a quick “Hey, Marine,” the Corps’ secret handshake for building rapport, I cut to the case. What’s going on?