Many vets are getting jobs, but the transition can be difficult

Many vets are getting jobs, but the transition can be difficult

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Phillip Slaughter left the Army after 18 years and found a job similar to the one he had in uniform: behind the wheel of a truck. Instead of hauling food and bullets through war zones, he hauled packages for FedEx.

It wasn’t what he wanted to do. The job aggravated her post-traumatic stress disorder. It would be three years and multiple jobs before he landed his dream job as a sourcing recruiter for a technology company.

“I think it’s the first job I’ve ever worked 10 months straight without quitting,” said Slaughter, 41, who lives in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Slaughter is a US military veteran who found a job he loves at a time when the nation is experiencing one of the lowest monthly levels of unemployment for registered veterans. But the rate, 2.7% in October, may mask the difficulty of a transition that sometimes takes years of working unfulfilling jobs, while forging a new identity and purpose beyond serving one’s country.

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