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NO AGE LIMIT TO BEING A VETERAN
posted at November 3, 2011 2:06 PM EDT
First: November 3, 2011
Last: November 3, 2011
Several years ago I founded ASVEI to address the issue of veterans and locals being laid off of work while foreign nationals were being retained. I feel that American veterans have earned the right to work unhindered in their own country. Since that time I have had to adjust my thinking in some ways. I still believe that veterans have earned the right to work..but I have had to add AGE DISCRIMINATION to my agenda of issues to address since I am now 59 myself. Four months ago I was severely injured in a crane accident while I was working for Canadian-based PCL Construction at the Motiva CEP project in Port Arthur, Texas. Although I was cleared as the cause of the accident..I was laid off by PCL after II reported an intoxicated PCL supervisor present on the project. This LAY OFF was nothing more than retaliation for refusing to let the matter go without an investigation..but what I have learned is this: Companies are more interested in PROFITS than doing the right thing. You are labeled as a TROUBLE-MAKER and NOT BEING A TEAM PLAYER..AND IF YOU ALSO HAPPEN TO HAVE A FEW YEARS ON YOU..it is time to go. It seems there is a generation gap between those who believe in doing it right and those "me first" individuals who will look the other way for a paycheck. But I can tell you this: THERE IS NO AGE LIMIT TO BEING A VETERAN . I am very proud of younger veterans who have done such a fine job in Iraq and Afghanistan..but I am also proud of the older veterans who stood up when it was their time to defend their fellow Americans. What I can't stand is foreign owned companies who want to enjoy the priviledge of doing business in OUR country..but don't want to shoulder their share of the burden of providing jobs for our veterans after they return home from war. .and I especially don't like companies who hire in unqualified people just to MAN UP a job and then turn their back when someone is injured. PCL was offered a meeting to discuss safety concerns on the project and refused to attend it..instead all matters concerning the incident are being referrred to their attorney. Their promise of a complete investigation has not come to pass..and it appears their goal is to simply take the money from the project and move on to another one. Where is the justice in that? I ask all Americans who care about the treatment our veterans receive to speak up. Call PCL at 303-365-6500 and demand a fair and complete investigation..and if they will not comply..demand they withdraw from our country and do their business elsewhere. Be an American..stand up for Americans. Thank you and may God Bless. Chase Ford.