When I joined the military in 2000, I had a myopic view of the world. Like most prospective soldiers, a desire for purpose and economic stability ignited my enthusiasm toward military service. In my uniform I stood proud and strong, youthful in my mind, body and spirit. I had no knowledge of the struggle ahead.
However, after only a few weeks of rest following my tour in Iraq as an infantryman, I experienced the disillusionment many veterans have come to know intimately. My experiences in combat made me feel aloof from the world around me. It seemed that in a matter of months my youth, in all its vigor and optimism, had simply waned.
As a young veteran I felt responsible for my country. I held myself partly accountable for its future, although its actions made me feel forsaken. Notwithstanding these realizations, my professional aspirations were naught. While I still held the virtues characteristic of a soldier, my skill set had little value in the civilian job market.
After years of seemingly futile searching, finally there is an organization whose ethos is one of accountability and responsibility, not just to veterans and the nation, but to the world. By providing professional direction and vocational training to veterans in the sector of green industry, Veterans Green Jobs galvanizes the same virtues that military service has cultivated in veterans for the greater good of repairing the environment.
Veterans Green Jobs fights to ensure that veterans return from military service to a place of purpose and goodwill. Veterans Green Jobs fights to ensure that we wean ourselves off of the foreign oil that mires our world in conflict. Veterans Green Jobs fights for a better world and a more secure future. I am a part of this fight. We should all be a part of this fight.
- Demond Mullins