I connected with Iva Rose on Facebook via another friend. I am fascinated with Iva Rose and her spunk and enthusiasm for life. It is addictive. But Iva Rose is not like you or me. We get up, drink coffee, watched “The Today Show”, eat a bagel or cereal for breakfast, drop the kids off at school and go to our jobs. Iva Rose does not do that because she is a Sergeant First Class, serving in the army in Afghanistan. I wanted to share her story with all so I asked Iva Rose to be a guest writer this week. Below is the third part and final of a three part series. So please sit back and enjoy.
“In a Solder’s Words”
Today’s Economy and how it affects our Military/National Defense
With today’s poor economy and the chances of finding employment on the outside, more and more young people are turning to service in our military branches. With the economy and prospect of finding employment so slim, the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force can be very selective in the recruiting process. Now, the military only recruits the best. No longer does the military allow waivers. No longer will the military allow GEDs. No longer will the military accept anyone with any black marks on their records what so ever.
It still puzzles me how some of our young people feel that they will make it without a high school education. There are those that have Bachelor and Master Degrees having a very difficult time in finding employment. Too many young people seemed to be satisfied in just EXISTING, living from government check to government check sucking up the systems. No wonder, we are in a depression. In my opinion, if you test hot for drugs, all free government benefits need to be halted. If you can afford cigarettes, beer, alcohol, and drugs, you do not need government assistance.
Even after 22 years plus of service, a veteran’s chance of finding employment has become slim. A veteran is considered the cream of the crop in the hiring process. There are still jobs out there for veterans if they decide to stay with the federal government. Even then, the federal government only has so many positions. For this reason, Soldiers are staying in as long as they can even with the constant back to back deployments.
This article and its contents are strictly just my opinions and are not any official endorsements, opinions, or statements of the US Army. I love serving our country and will continue to do so for as long as I can.
20 February 2011
Sergeant First Class Iva Rose Patterson-Cavanah
I want to thank Ms. Iva Rose Patterson –Cavanah for her words and lessons in life. Thank you so much for protecting and serving. I appreciate everything you do overseas. And I hope one day to finally meet you. God bless you.
Readers – if you would like to send Iva Rose well wishes please do so at my email address, [email protected], and I will delightingly forward them to her.