Monday, April 9, 2012

Veteran Credits for Civil Service Jobs

The topic of veteran credit preferences for civil service jobs was raised recently by a fellow blogger.  My comment on his blog was not what follows, but it was in the back of my mind when I responded to his posting.

On June 9, 2010, while on patrol in Afghanistan, an armored vehicle in which Marine Corporal Luke McDermott was traveling was hit by a roadside bomb.  

Corporal McDermott survived, but his right leg was amputated below his knee. His left leg was also seriously injured, with many broken bones, especially in his foot.  This incident occurred while McDermott was voluntarily serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

While Luke was being treated at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, doctors determined that the injuries in his left leg were so severe that it also required amputation.  Corporal McDermott was transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.  

The operation was successful and rehabilitation was begun immediately.

Luke maintained a good attitude in rehab and had recovered so much that he started to become physically active in a variety of activities.  One of his first accomplishments was to bag a real trophy.  On October 29, 2010, Marine Corporal Luke McDermott bagged an eleven point buck while hunting in Texas.  Not bad for a guy with no legs below the knee!

Luke also participated in other sports with other injured soldiers which included ice hockey and bicycling.  The bicycling took him to Europe in  which a portion of the route included the beaches of Normandy.  A fitting tribute to all our military men and women that ever served.

One poignant moment was caught on camera.  On May 30, 2011, Marine Corporal Luke McDermott marched in the Memorial Day parade in his hometown of Greenville, New York.  It was almost one year after he was wounded. 

Luke McDermott has since retired from the Marine Corps and has entered college.

Do you think our veterans deserve preferences for civil service jobs?  No further discussion necessary.

It's just something to think about.

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