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May 9th, 2012
07:00 PM ET

Voters in America: Vets Wanted? Educator and Parent Guide

Editors Note: This Educator and Parent Guide is provided for teachers and parents to use as a catalyst for discussion and learning if they choose to watch “Voters In America: Vets Wanted?” with their students.  This is the first part of CNN In America's documentary series on American voters.  J.R. Martinez narrates the documentary re-airing May 19th at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

(CNN) - Teachers and Parents: Watch with your students or record "Voters in America: Vets Wanted?" when it airs on CNN on Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. ET and PT, or Saturday, May 19 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET and PT. By recording the documentaries, you agree that you will use the documentaries for educational viewing purposes for a one-year period only. No other rights of any kind or nature whatsoever are granted, including, without limitation, any rights to sell, publish, distribute, post online or distribute in any other medium or forum, or use for any commercial or promotional purpose.

Documentary Description: Multiple deployments interrupt lives and careers and can lead to health and financial challenges. Narrated by former U.S. Army infantryman and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez, "Voters in America: Vets Wanted?" looks at the unique burdens for families of men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it follows the reintegration of members of the Georgia National Guard's 877th Engineer Company into civilian life. Deployed to Afghanistan in December 2010, half of these veterans faced unemployment when they returned to the U.S. The documentary also examines whether the bipartisan Veterans Jobs Bill passed in November 2011 is of any help as our nation's heroes make full transitions back to the lives they left to defend America, and it offers insights into how veterans' unemployment may impact their decisions as they head to the polls this November.

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  1. Ken Kilmurray

    One of the most un-friendly employers toward National Guardsmen and Reservist is the US government. Contractors are a substantial portion of the DoD workforce providing Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS). The nature of A&AS often makes Guardsmen and Reservists the best qualified employees. In fact their periodic military service “re-blues” them to make them even more valuable. Unfortunately, when an employee departs for extended reserve duty, the government customer demands an immediate replacement. A contract is a contract and they cut the contractor no slack. If contractor is slow to fill the gap, they get a poor evaluation for failure to maintain continuity and fill all positions. This is particularly hard on small businesses who simply can’t afford to keep excess labor on standby. The obvious remedy to this hypocrisy is for the Federal Acquisition Regulations to require the government to share the risk of employing Guardsmen and Reservists and thus encourage increased employment among this valuable resource.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justin Soma

    I'm not a veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan because i served in the US Navy on a submarine and i'm not considered a combat veteran, but i'm a veteran none the less. I'm doing what i can with what i have and i am currently pursuing higher education and hoping someday to get into medical school. So, for those of you veterans that say there are no opportunities, think about getting an education and doing what you want to do with the G.I. Bill.

    May 10, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • CAPONE

      Lol.....I hope for you there are opportunities cause I have a BSBA in Computer Information Systems and can't get work. 1st ID, OIF 2, Sept 2003 – Sept 2004.........not in damn submarine either....lol!!!! Maybe you should think twice before you speak, real Veterans know what is going on and it's employers placing a stigma on our Veterans. Sure you say you support the troops or hire them but make sure you degrade someone at an interview and don't hire them. So maybe you should use that G.I. Bill to get an education so maybe you will get back in touch with the real world....sorry but like I said think twice next time, hooah.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |