Veteran shares story of unemployment

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s been a rocky road for 33-year-old Paul Judy.

Judy, of Lititz, spent two years on the Iraq-Kuwait border while serving in the Army Reserves.

“I dealt with transportation,” he told ABC 27 News. “So, what we did was transport of various things.”

The war veteran has had a handful of temporary jobs since coming home in 2005.

According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nearly four percent of veterans are without work.

“You’re looking for work and it can be frustrating,” Judy said. “Basically, your full-time job is to hunt for work.”

Judy is now on his own looking for something better. That’s why on Friday he was at job fair tailored to veterans at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in East Hempfield Township.

“This is actually great,” Judy said of the job fair which hosted 85 employers.

More employers are paying attention to veteran unemployment. The veteran unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in seven years.

“It just doesn’t seem quite right that we have so many veterans who go abroad and fight to keep us safe,” said Donna Anderson, president of Online Publishers. “Then, they have to turn around and come back and fight to find jobs.”

Still, some fall through the cracks.

Judy, who is now studying at HACC, said it will just be a matter of time until he finds full-time work.

“Put these guys back to work,” he said. “(Let’s) give them something to do. They served the country and you know they want to work hard.”

For more information about future job fairs for veterans click here.

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