All of my family has passed away, I am the last one still around. Lost both my grandmothers and both my mom and dad over a span of 4 years.Do you have family you can get together with to weather the storm? Any veterans programs you qualify for? This makes me sad and angry. We import so many workers and veterans like you are suffering. Any way to convert helicopter repair skills into a more in demand trade like electrician/welding/mechanic? They can make good money
I looked for jobs out there that could use my Aviation experience, but what we didnt know as a lower enlisted person back then was that you needed an Airframe and Powerplant license to land any roles....and what I didnt think about personally was just how limited you were with experience on a UH-60 Blackhawk. Even when I contacted Dynacorp and Boeing back in the day, they wanted 6+ year exp plus the A&P license to make $12 an hour ( granted that was back in 2005ish time frame )
What I, and many other veterans see is that unless you are getting hired by a veteran, no one has a clue the skill set you bring to the table. They simply cant understand what it is you do and thus dismiss it. And Im not talking about people that brag about jumping out of planes and killing people, usually those people are people that dropped out during BASIC and never served a day. Now that I am in my mid 40s and last touched an aircraft going on 16 years ago, it is no longer relevant.
When you serve in the military, usually people that also served can call out your bullshit if you are lying about anything. We had a legitimate Special Forces guy that came to my store because he couldnt find anything else either, so they hired him on as an animal specialist. After spending 10 years in the military and I think 6 in SF, here he was cleaning up bird shit in cages for 2 years. I was not in leadership at the time, so there was nothing I could do....but him being degraded from going all the way from SF to only being good enough to clean up bird shit took the ultimate toll on him too
I see my inbox getting filled and before I even look at it I want to make sure that people understand I am not out here for a pity party. I just want people to realize that depending on your career fields and financial status that there is a good number of people out there that this is nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Some career fields have not only been able to weather the storm, but have become more lucrative. For all of those of us that rely on some sort of guest experience, whether it be in hotels / food and bev / tourism / travel / hospitality / sports and entertainment / airlines etc....it has become a death blow to so very many people and their families. We have already lost 1 of my employees already to suicide due to the fact he could not find anything else even remotely comprable either. Left behind an amazing 17 year old son, who is now going mental as well due to the overwhelming depression of losing his father, and having nothing social to do to find away to get his mind off of the pain and suffering due to all the god damn covid restrictions and having remote learning etc.