It’s part on the ongoing narrative we’ve been covering in this blog: servicemembers returning to find very slim pickings when it comes to jobs. A recent article in the Middletown Journal covers the plight of Marine Tim Conklin, who has five children — and is currently homeless and unable to find a job.
No one needs to tell that to Conklin. Last summer, he was working construction in his home state of Florida. He was making a good enough living to support his wife, Cindy, and their five children, Nicole, 16, Timothy, 14, 10-year-old twins, Cody and Carrie, and Trent, 2.
But when the housing market tanked, Conklin lost his job. He found daily work, but not enough to pay the bills, and soon the mortgage was past due.
“Our savings were gone,” said Conklin, 35. “Then everything collapsed.”
Conklin joined the other 150,000 homeless American veterans.
The article also notes the services that Conklin and his family are receiving as he seeks steady employment: he recently was approved for a housing assistance voucher from the Veterans Administration. The article also mentions the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which provides employment assistance to veterans who received honorable or general discharges.
If you’re a veteran having difficulty finding employment, what services have you used? Which have you found useful or not so useful? Share your experiences with your fellow veterans in the comments section below.