We regularly hear from Wounded Warriors about questions they get asked when interviewing for civilian jobs that make them uncomfortable and quite frankly, are either a potential violation of the Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Such questions are:
• "Did you see any action over there?"
• "Did you lose your arm getting hit by an lED?"
• "Have you seen a psychiatrist since you've been back?"
Additionally, questions related to deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan may be misinterpreted as the interviewer trying to determine if the Veteran has PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) which could be construed as violation of the above mentioned legislation.
What’s always a great thing to say to a Wounded Warrior or for that matter, any Veteran? Thank you for your service.
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