It has become a mainstream story – a soldier is unable to find work because of military obligations.
Many of those stories are about small, private companies. But according to The Washington Post, the biggest offender is the federal government.
The story, titled, “Returning military members allege job discrimination — by federal government,” reported that offices within the federal government have reneged on job offers to members of the military and fired others after a long absence.
By federal law, service members may be excused from work for military service.
Last year, veterans submitted 1,548 complaints that employers violated the law. Of those, more than 18 percent involved federal agencies -- the highest percentage among employers.
“On the one hand, the government asked me to serve in Iraq,” retired Army Brig. Gen. Michael Silva told the Post. Silva is a reservist who commanded a brigade in Iraq and was fired from his job as a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol contractor on his return. “On the other hand, another branch of government was not willing to protect my rights after serving.”
While the federal government is the largest offender, it is also employs the most veterans. According to the Post, more than a fourth of its employees have been in the military.