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Gallup Independent ^ | Nov 4th, 2004 | Zsombor Peter

Posted on 11/05/2004 12:24:25 PM PST by kingu

Iraq war vet denied application


Aaron Merrill has been having difficulty finding work as a firefighter in Gallup after returning from Iraq where he served with the Marines. (Photo by Nick Short/Independent)

By Zsombor Peter
Staff Writer

GALLUP — Aaron Merrill didn't expect much trouble finding a job with the Gallup Fire Department.

Merrill, 24, has been volunteering with the Pinehaven Fire Department, next to his grandfather, since 1994. He's cleared to drive a fire truck, is working toward a Level I firefighting certificate and will be taking his EMT test in December.

His superiors also assured him his four years in the Marines and two tours in Iraq would count for something. While serving with a light armored reconnaissance unit, he earned three Purple Hearts after running over two land mines and being at the wrong place at the wrong time when an ice-cream truck exploded, escaping with shrapnel wounds he's recovered from.

While in Iraq, he received modest fire training in his combat aid classes, and read training books in his spare time. He even left the service a little early after returning from Iraq in June to pick up his studies at the Gallup branch of the University of New Mexico.

When he showed up at the offices of the Gallup Fire Department last month, however, the secretary wouldn't even give him an application.


It wasn't that his resume wasn't good enough. Other members of the fire department, said Merrill, told him they'd hire him if they could.

The secretary, he said, couldn't give him an application because he wasn't Native American.

(Excerpt) Read more at gallupindependent.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: americanindians; equalopportunity; military; quotas; rawdeal; veterans
Though the city's new fire chief, Robert Garcia, says he's not familiar with Merrill's case, he says the department could not have hired him or anyone else during the past few months for a much more innocent reason: they weren't hiring.

Makes me wonder...
1 posted on 11/05/2004 12:24:30 PM PST by kingu
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To: kingu

Oh my God--- I thought we had seen the last of this stuff! He should find a good lawyer.


2 posted on 11/05/2004 12:28:52 PM PST by Mears
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To: Mears

I hear John Edwards is looking for work.


3 posted on 11/05/2004 12:33:17 PM PST by sabatino28
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To: NRA2BFree

PING


4 posted on 11/05/2004 12:58:27 PM PST by CedarDave (November 2, 2004 -- Vietnam Veterans Victory Day!)
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To: kingu

Sounds like the New Mexico I used to live in----Although most of the rest of the state discriminates by hiring 'latinos' instead of white kids. they're sick!!!!


5 posted on 11/05/2004 1:02:29 PM PST by Retired Navy Chief (Palestinian scum don't deserve to live)
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To: kingu

This fine young man definitely needs a lawyer. This kind of stuff is disgusting. Someone should contact him and do this for free. Wish I were a lawyer.

We could ask congress to make Iraq veterans a protected group as was done for Vietman veterans -- that would give folks like him some leverage in this kind of situation.


6 posted on 11/05/2004 1:05:43 PM PST by ElmoMobito
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7 posted on 11/05/2004 1:11:49 PM PST by Aetius
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To: kingu

There is another side to a story like this, imagine if you were a minority who had a small business and were told, "although qualified, you need to be registered with the SBA-SDB program so we can get credit". It works both ways and should end.


8 posted on 11/05/2004 1:14:02 PM PST by kipita (Rebel the proletariat response to Aristocracy and Exploitation.)
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To: Retired Navy Chief

Here's why they're doing it. (The Fed quota Nazis strike again.) Hope I posted all the links correctly.

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/apgall09-27-04.htm

Here's email addresses to the Mayor, HR Dept, etc.

http://www.ci.gallup.nm.us/emailadd.htm

Here's their home page with some phone #s

http://www.ci.gallup.nm.us/gov.htm


Freep away.


9 posted on 11/05/2004 1:15:18 PM PST by BubbaTex (Long time lurker)
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To: kingu
Eventual
Elimination
Of
Caucasians
10 posted on 11/05/2004 1:40:47 PM PST by Roccus
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To: kipita
There is another side to a story like this, imagine if you were a minority who had a small business and were told, "although qualified, you need to be registered with the SBA-SDB program so we can get credit". It works both ways and should end.

We won a contract to supply libraries in a certain state with American Indian music and videos. Likely one of our largest sales for music (small compared to our normal book order.) The ink wasn't dry on the contract when the state called back to let us know that they had to cancel. "You're an American Indian owned business.. I'm afraid we already used up our minority share this year. Perhaps we can do it next time?" Best price, best delivery time, and best terms for the state, and we were too minority for them.

Love the way liberals work. Anyone ever wonders why I'm a Republican, why I'm a conservative, I let them know. Stories by the dozen.
11 posted on 11/05/2004 2:05:26 PM PST by kingu (Which would you bet on? Iraq and Afghanistan? Or Haiti and Kosovo?)
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To: kingu; Tijeras_Slim

Yep. That's the Navajos. Just awful--complete racists, and not just against whites, against anyone who isn't navajo!


12 posted on 11/05/2004 2:11:23 PM PST by Cogadh na Sith (--Scots Gaelic: 'War or Peace'--)
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