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Its been 10 years (01AUG00 or 02AUG00 depending on if you count leaving MEPS or entering the base for Basic Training as the start of a career) since I joined initially, and just about four since I got out (01JUL07…). Lets just say, I couldn’t help but laugh when I went to apply for my first job out of the military in 2008 and I actually had to answer this question (and did so truthfully, laughing). Perhaps I should really have lied, as the context obviously was more geared toward “Do you have an issue with Safety violations?”.  So, needless to say, the big box stores with their fancy online applications never called me back.  However, my present local employer (whom I filled out paper application did, and hired me on the spot after a 15 minute interview, my manager is a Vietnam Veteran…) did, so I ‘m glad I did answer truthfully.  While I didn’t operate out of up armored humvees (my outside the wire time was either Stryker or dismounted from Stryker), most GWOT vets have, so that is why I illustrated them here.  So here you are, a little tale of Veterans adjustment to civilian life, and the humor that accompanies it sometimes.

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