Veterans Find Purpose as Firefighters

11/11/2013
NPR reports that employment for veterans of recent wars remains a stubborn problem, with the jobless rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan sometimes reaching double the national rate. Beyond just trying to find a job, many vets say after the military, they're still looking for a career with a sense of public service. Veteran Chris Delplato wanted to be a firefighter for a long time. "Ever since I was a little kid -- [toy] truck and everything," Delplato says. But he only just got his dream job, after first joining the Navy and serving in the Persian Gulf. He was hired by New Jersey's North Hudson Fire Department, which has brought on 43 veterans this year. Delplato's fir...

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