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Letter to the Editor - Aug. 4

August 04, 2012

Experience can be just as valuable as a degree


To the editor:

Even though I’m a veteran with 20 years of experience in health, education and training, plus five years of health care management experience in the private sector, I cannot find a job.

So many veterans are returning from two wars injured, disabled and tired and cannot even find work. Military people with training in health care, intelligence and other specialty fields have more experience than some who are just finishing a four-year college degree. President Obama spoke to the Urban League of American telling them that they must have an education, and I agree. But employers sometimes need to look past a four-year college degree and look at an individual’s experience and training to see if they qualify for the same positions. Times are hard for most Americans, but for the veteran it is even harder. The unemployment rate for veterans is higher than the national average. A veteran either has to pick going to college and struggle to support their family to get a degree, or receive unemployment and struggle because you cannot find a job.

Therefore, I say this to all business owners and employers: The next time a veteran applies to work for your company, you might want to look past the degree requirement and evaluate them on the basis of their many years of military experience and leadership that has carried them a long way. God Bless American, our service men and women and all veterans across this Great United States.


Ronnie D. Hooten
HM1(SCW/AW) USN Retired

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