Report: Employers seemingly scared of PTSD risks among 'workplace warriors'
By Bill Briggs
NBC News contributor
A think tank convened to gauge the financial well-being of “workplace warriors” says home-front job prospects remain “discouraging” for ex-service members, with many hiring managers seemingly scared off by the possibility that candidates have post-traumatic stress disorder.
For even casual watchers of the ex-military vocational plight, the larger conclusion is hardly striking: the “combat-to-corporate” path has long been paved with good intentions, but clogged by application dead ends. What’s more, the group’s downbeat assessment comes amid some rays of improvement. Last month, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans finally nudged lower, to 9.7 percent, two full points below the jobless pace during than the same month in 2011, according to federal figures.
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The truth is, they actually know more about these veterans than they do about others they interview.
If they understood PTSD, which they don't, then they would be able to acknowledge that any person walking into their office for an interview could have it and they'd never know it. Are they going to ask if the interviewee had been the victim of a crime, abuse, fire, car accident or any of the other ways PTSD is "caught" as just being a civilian? Hell no. Having said that, the veteran sitting right there in their office has been tested on the job a hell of a lot harder than any civilian will ever be.
Is it the fact the HR rep doing the interview is afraid because they very well could be facing a veteran that killed someone in the line of duty? Sure but they could also be facing a civilian that did it as a criminal and just didn't get caught yet. Which is better?
At least with a veteran sitting there they know he/she was willing to die to save someone else as part of their last job. They were tested and tried by bullets, bombs and hardly no sleep.
I've known these men and women for 30 years and have never regretted one day of it.