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Posted on 11/05/2004 12:24:25 PM PST by kingu
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
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.
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Oh my God--- I thought we had seen the last of this stuff! He should find a good lawyer.
I hear John Edwards is looking for work.
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!!!!
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.
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.
Here's why they're doing it. (The Fed quota Nazis strike again.) Hope I posted all the links correctly.
Here's email addresses to the Mayor, HR Dept, etc.
Here's their home page with some phone #s
Yep. That's the Navajos. Just awful--complete racists, and not just against whites, against anyone who isn't navajo!
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