- Posted November 21, 2013 by
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Retired and Disabled Military Officer Employment and Homelessness
I served 24 years in the Military and am retiring as a Major. I have over 20 years of leadership experience to include combat experience and have developed, executed and reconfigured Military Supply Chains for entire continents. I earned a Master's Degree in Supply Chain Management and Logistics from the University of Kansas with a 4.0 GPA. That sounds like I should be able to get a good Senior Level management position in the civilian world but the truth is, the civilian companies won't even talk to me. This is a plague amongst Senior Military Officer retirees. Soon, I will be homeless with a wife and two kids. I will lose my Top Secret Security Clearance once we hit foreclosure. I will lose everything I've fought so hard to earn at the hands of the people I fought for. The large companies in the logistics industry here in Savannah like Gulfstream, Target, Home Depot and Ikea are impervious to the plight of Retired disabled Military veterans. Youth is chosen over experience and a Bachelor's degree is preferable to a Masters. Not only is there clear age discrimination across the board but the companies that claim to be Military Friendly are not. They only hire low wage manual labor veterans that did not retire. This gives the appearance of being Military friendly but it's a façade. Digging deeper shows clearly that Senior Officers are seen as pariahs to management and seen as a threat. We have been team players for over 20 years, are we now going to start stabbing management in the back to move up? I am about to be another statistic, a disabled retired Officer that is homeless and destitute. I'll have no insurance for myself or my family and after 24 years of service, I will have nothing to include no hope. I would like to see local corporations hold fast to their Military friendly policy across the rank structure to include retired Officers. I would like to draw attention overall to the plight of retired Officers but especially to my situation. Perhaps a spotlight on this issue and the offending companies will help someone even if it isn't me.