Many of today’s new veterans have experienced difficulty in finding a job. Of course, there are a variety of reasons: inability to fully assimilate back home after wartime experiences, disability due to combat injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other issues.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate for female veterans was 8.8% in January, compared to 7.5% for men and 7.7% for female civilians.
And, in 2012, the L.A. Times reported the unemployment rate for members of the National Guard and Reserve is about 20%.
So it is refreshing when a company goes out of its way to hire one of our nation’s former servicemembers. Indeed, it is news when an Abilene, Texas, Lowe’s store not only hired a veteran, they hired his dog too!
U.S. Air Force veteran, Clay Luthy, had been deployed twice to Qatar and three times to Uzebekistan. But he has had multiple surgeries on his left knee. Charlotte, a ten-year old golden retriever, is his service dog which helps Luthy in an unusal way. He said,
“I’m just a disabled vet, and I can’t stand to be sitting at home. Instead of medications, I have Charlotte.”
When Luthy applied for a position at the Abilene story, he asked during his interview about need for his service dog to be with him on the job. Jay Fellers, a human resource manager for Lowe’s, told Fox News:
“We were interviewing people for his position, and he was one of the applicants. So he showed up for the interview and he had Charlotte with him.”
Lowe’s has a known history of allowing dogs into their stores. Karen Cobb, another spokesman for Lowe’s said
“We welcome well-behaved pets and, obviously, service animals.”
Brian Rose, a Lowe’s customer told the Washington Post:
“I’m a retired vet myself. So I was actually impressed, one, that they hired a visabled vet, but also [a vet] with a dog. I thought that’s pretty awesome.”
Many veterans, even those with a disability, are hoping that other stores will give them the same opportunity for employment.
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