My Unemployed Life: A Soldier Without Work


I always thought that employment was a choice people made, and that the unemployment rate was just a term they threw around on the news. Before it happened to me, I was a full-time soldier certain that I would ease into the civilian workplace without a hitch, until I found myself unemployed long-term.

After years of serving my country and working in the U.S. Air Force, I fully expected to jump into the civilian world and find the same success I had as a soldier. It turns out that I was very wrong about that, because I didn't find a job waiting for me, I became one of the unemployed they talked about on the news.

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