I found this following story from a former Navy veteran very sad:
Meet W.L., from Jacksonville Florida. Has 22 years experience in the U.S. Navy. Has worked in Communications and Management in various capacities, and has an Associate’s Degree. Laid off in May 2009.
I served my country, without objection, when it needed me. After leaving the military I acquired a college degree in Business Management and started my own business. After having my shop destroyed by vandals, I closed my business and accepted employment outside the USA where I worked for 11 years.
Upon returning to the USA, I worked various administrative positions until May 2009. Since that period of time I have been looking for employment every day. I post my resume to many positions. I have posted for many positions, had 2 interviews, but was not contacted after that. My qualifications are at worst “excellent”; however it is to no avail. I continue to look for work; however it’s extremely frustrating having to accept the fact that although my expertise is needed, my age isn’t. I can’t accept any other reason for not being selected.
To that end, I have been relying on unemployment to tide me over until such time as I do find employment. I have faith that it will happen, but in the meantime I direly need these benefits for my daily needs. I hope that Congress will hear the call of workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and pass this extension. When I was a military man I never once had the thought of not giving whatever my country required of me.
I will not list those things which I now must forego because it seems irrelevant, given the magnitude of losses that millions of other families also face. I pray to God every day for those of us who have lost our homes, cars, basic necessities, and most of all, our dignity.
I spend about 90 seconds a week on unemployment benefit-related message boards, and I see the following statement a lot:
“GET A JOB!!! I’m sick of you lowlifes taking a vacation on my tax dollars!!!!!!1”
Allow me to respond with the following statement: Individual taxpayers do NOT pay for my unemployment benefits. In fact, business with over 10 employees, or $100,000 in annual payroll are required to contribute $14 per employee annually to the Employment Development Department (EDD.)
Now go fuck yourself, I have to continue creating resumes to be ignored by employers.