It’s not exactly a secret that President Barack Obama wasn’t a big fan of our military: not giving proper salutes, refusing to make necessary changes at the VA to improve their health care, and the list goes on.
While all of these are egregious, especially given how much our men and women in uniform sacrifice for the sake of our liberty, it’s only the beginning of the disrespect shown toward veterans.
Apparently Obama’s Justice Department refused to hire military veterans, forcing them to withdraw applications for several job postings.
According to a Washington Times report:
The Obama Justice Department discriminated against military veterans, trying to force them to withdraw their applications for two job postings — then canceling the postings altogether and rewriting the jobs to prevent the veterans from qualifying, a government watchdog said Wednesday.
Under federal law, veterans should have gotten preferential consideration for the two positions in the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program.
But Justice officials had their eye on non-veterans, and scheduled meetings off-site to try to force the veteran candidates to withdraw their applications, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said.
The veterans refused to withdraw and human resources told the ICITAP hiring officials that they had to hire the veterans.
Intent on avoiding that, the ICITAP then canceled the initial job-postings and re-listed the jobs a year later, in 2016, with new qualifications that excluded the veterans, the OSC’s investigative report said.
“OSC found hiring violations for two positions at DOJ where officials sought to encourage preference eligible veterans to withdraw their applications,” the watchdog agency said. “DOJ wanted to hire a non-veteran candidate. When the veterans declined to withdraw, DOJ selected the non-veteran candidate, despite rules mandating that veterans receive priority in hiring over non-veterans in certain circumstances.”
As a nation, the least we can do for those who serve and suffer for the sake of our liberty and prosperity, is help them get a job to support themselves and their families.
Denying them this, specifically because they are veterans who have served their country admirably, is absolutely unacceptable.
This kind of treatment of our warriors speaks volumes about the kind of people who populated the Obama administration.
Be sure to show your gratitude for our military members by thanking them for their service when you get the opportunity.