reply to post by HardCorps
Very sorry to hear this story Brother. I first heard mine when I applied for my old job back at Safeway in Napa California. Uncle Wayne, store
manager (fellow workers nicknamed him that as he was a juicer), told me on the shop floor in front of my peers, that his store was fully employed. I
took out my Retail Clerks Union Military Withdrawal Card that states on the back upon an honourable discharge with in 6 months of ETS you are entitled
to your job back with all promotions and pay increases. I asked to see the seniority list and suggest last one hired to be transferred or laid off as
the law by congress states I am to have my job returned. In 1976 (70 - 76 served) we had a fellow vet shoot up a VA hospital in Texas that was
headline that morning, Uncle Wayne said we do not need volatile employees with delayed stress. That hurt as I am a medal winner doing what other
refused to do, second trip out was to save a buddy who tried to help recover the first. Never leave anyone behind! Because of the award the rest of
my service I enjoyed high end jobs, which, means I was totally unprepared to hear Unc Waynes rejection. I went to Carl Dadio of Vallejo Retails
Clerks Union who stood behind Unc Wayne!
With hind sight I should have thanked him as I decided to use my GI Bill to attend Uni making sure I took one year of law so that I was better armed
to deal with unethical behaviour. Yep GI Bill screwed me too as they take 4 months to pay out first cheque, the excuse was that it took that long to
get into the computer system.... nope not reality! They were hoping economically I would fail, ergo, no payout as they changed the GI Bill after
discharged and services rendered. The changes were that one had to finish the semester and pass all courses or we had to return the payment received.
First semester I took Economics 1A! I was asked to leave the class after hearing the definition of the word "Transfer Payment"! "Payments made to
which no goods or services rendered example of Transfer Payments is Welfare and GI Benefits".... MY blood boiled. How can my services and benefits
under contract be compared to a welfare client? After school I returned with the Folder that was presented to me which contained the Cert of Medal
and other side a cert told the story how stupid one was..... Professor accepted me back into class, but, said this was my first taste of the harsh
realities of being a veteran is all about. I said no this is the second and told him the above story... He then asked what happened to my
professionalism I had in the service which I could not demonstrate inside his class room... I could only say I never knew my system was so
unprofessional to have terms like Transfer Payment and not honour Men and Women who gave so much for YOUR FREEDOM!
After that meeting I found in the student body union a stand with "Viet Nam Vets Against the War" table with representives! I joined immediately.
I served honourable with them for 6 years.
My plane tickets since 911 sport the "SSSS" times four. These are the marking for those on the no fly list. Yes I can fly but subject to searches
that would blow your mind. Since I left my country because this kind of treatment I must fly to visit my brothers or for family deaths. Horrible
looks when checking in International flight section from people in line. I am treated like a terrorist and my belonging searched beyond anything I
have ever witnessed flying in my entire life. I travel with my presentation case with enclosed medal to show TSA that I was a valued member on my
team. Every item in my carry one is wiped with one bit of cloth fed into the machine. I once had so much on one trip that they used close to 50 of
these pieces of cloth. 2 - 3 hours it took and yes the first time they destroyed my hold baggage cases to get inside, as they were locked. Never do
I lock them now and after getting to where I open my cases there is always a note inside stating that my bags were searched! Yes things have gone
missing. A good Ranger is a problem solver. I Fedex items that I don't want the TSA to go through. At least FedEx is held more accountable than
the traditional TSA slime. By the way, once searched, they hole punch one group of "SSSS". ATS photo section is an example of one of my tickets
with name cropped off.
I was so late on one flight that my ticket was not collected as the plane missed two take off positions waiting for me. So when I saw a video of
Naomi Wolf lecturing aout her book "The End of America" where she explained the "SSSS" I went to find this ticket and witness my sign... Thanks
Bill Engvil "heres your sign"! I suggest you read her book!
Naomi Wolf "The End of America"
I promise you Bro it won't make you feel any better, but at least you will see you are in good company!
My generation was the last for the draft. My service to the Viet Nam Vets was to march in protest to warn the youth against joining the rich mans
profitable war machine. "To hell with honour we won't be used again" was our slogan each Veterans day Parade. Each parade in those days, we were
the only vets there to march among the NG and reservist, same old story we were denied a permit to march by city hall!
Sorry Brother you did not hear us!
Good luck in the future.
I am sorry to say even when you are gray this will still burn your butt.
Yes I got a great job before getting fed up and left the States. It was strange getting that career orientated job because I promised myself one more
failed job application I was going to remove my military service from my CV and replace it with traveling to exotic locations in the world.... You
will have to laugh.... My job was to go into the areas of San Francisco that they would not send in women as the New York company I worked for
employed mainly women reps. In that area I was lucky. I saw a gun in an armed robbery in a liquor store and a knife when opening my trunk which
revealed valuable stock.... Lucky? Yes a lady rep I dated several times till it was pointed out that the penalties under monopoly laws, getting to
close to a competitor, was more than we could afford! She was shot and lost half a lung whilst the store owner was shot and killed. Guess there was
a reason they hired a decorated veteran!!!